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The EMS section licenses Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Advanced EMT (AEMT), EMT-Intermediate (EMT-I) and Paramedics in the state of Oregon.

In order to be licensed, a person must: be at least 18 years of age, be physically and mentally qualified to perform the duties of an EMS Provider, be free from addiction to controlled substances or alcoholic beverages, or currently rehabilitated, and be free from epilepsy or diabetes or, if not free, has been free from any lapses of consciousness for a period of a least 180 days.

 
Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Licensure and Renewal
To become an Oregon licensed Emergency Medical Responder (formerly known as "First Responder"), you must successfully complete a state-approved U.S. DOT Emergency Medical Responder course instructed by a state-approved course director.
In addition, you will need current American Heart Association "Healthcare Provider" CPR certification or American Red Cross "Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer” CPR certification.
 
EMR Initial License Application
Emergency Medical Responder initial applications are NOT available online. You must call OHA-EMS for the most updated, scantron application for licensure. The applications should be distributed by your course director. The current initial application fee is $45.00.
 
EMR License Renewal
  • Online license renewal for emergency medical responders will begin in mid-April using a new licensing software program. 
  • License renewal site 
  • The renewal fee for EMR is $23.
  • Any licensed EMR who has lived outside of Oregon for 60 consecutive days or more during the 2014-2016 licensure period will be required to submit fingerprints as part of the background check and subject to a separate fee. A link to the fingerprinting instructions is included in the online application. Physical fingerprint cards can no longer be accepted.

 


Active Military Personnel License Renewal
If an emergency medical service provider has been on active military duty for more than six months of a renewal period which prevented them from accessing continuing education, OHA may approve an extension of the current license to permit obtaining the required educational hours.
 

Criminal Background Checks

Each applicant will undergo a Law Enforcement Data System criminal history check.

  • If you have lived, worked, or attended school for 60 or more consecutive days outside Oregon in the last five years, OHA requires a fingerprint based criminal history check. This includes license renewal applicants who have lived (or currently live), worked, or attended school outside Oregon for 60 or more consecutive days since their last license was issued.
  • The personal history section of the application asks a series of nine personal history questions. If you answer 'yes’ to any question, you must submit a detailed written explanation. Your application will be followed up by a Prehospital Standards Representative.
  • It is important that you answer these questions honestly. Answering 'yes’ to a question does not automatically disqualify you from being approved for licensure. If you have any questions regarding your personal or criminal history, you may call our Prehospital Standards Unit at 971-673-0520.

 


Expired License Renewal 
Licenses that expired after June 30, 2015 may be eligible for reinstatement. 
This process will include:
  • an online application
  • a late fee of $40 in addition to the renewal fee
  • an audit of continuing education records 
  • a background check
All steps of this process must be complete by June 30, 2016, in order to prevent further penalties, which are outlined in Oregon Administrative Rule 333-265-0105(4-7).
 
To initiate the reinstatement process, email your request and include your Oregon license number to Leslie.D.Huntington@state.or.us.
 

Fingerprint Information for License Renewal Applicants

If you have lived, worked, or attended school for 60 or more consecutive days outside Oregon in the last five years, OHA requires a fingerprint based criminal history check. This includes license renewal applicants who have lived (or currently live), worked, or attended school outside Oregon for 60 or more consecutive days since their last license was issued.

 


Active Military Personnel License Renewal

If an emergency medical service provider has been on active military duty for more than six months of a renewal period which prevented them from accessing continuing education, OHA may approve an extension of the current license to permit obtaining the required educational hours.  

 


Oregon Reciprocity

Oregon may award an emergency medical services provider license through reciprocity to an individual who has a current National Registry Certification and meets the requirements for licensure in Oregon per ORS 682 and OAR 333-265.

An individual applying for reciprocity in the State of Oregon at the level of EMT, AEMT or Paramedic will need to complete a reciprocity packet.


Temporary EMS Licensure for Wildland Fire Response
OHA-EMS may allow an out-of-state EMS provider to obtain a temporary Oregon license in order to assist with emergency medical needs of staff on wildland fire response teams.   In order to be eligible for a temporary, restricted Oregon license, the EMS provider must be actively licensed and in good standing in another state and must also hold a current certification from the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).  Further information on the application and approval process may be found in the document below:
For more information, contact Leslie.D.Huntington@state.or.us or OHA-EMS at 971-673-0520.
 

Scope of Practice
The Oregon Medical Board is responsible for the scope of practice of Emergency Medical Service Providers as well as the requirements and duties of these providers supervising physicians (EMS Medical Directors).