EMS Licensing

The Bureau of EMS licenses individuals who meet the license requirements as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) or as a Paramedic.

In the State of Louisiana, both National Registry certification and Louisiana license is required by law at each level of prehospital care (except for Emergency Medical Responder).

All qualified applicants must complete the appropriate license level application on the Bureau of EMS Information Management System.

 

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Licensure Periods/Expiration Dates

Licensed EMS Practitioners must maintain compliance with the license requirements for the duration of the license period. Failure to maintain compliance with the license requirements is grounds for the Bureau of EMS to initiate license discipline in accordance with the policy. Failure to obtain licensure will place the individual in violation of LA R.S. 40:1131, which mandates licensure by the Bureau of EMS.

Individuals applying for an initial EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic license, upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements,

  • Between the dates of January 1 and June 30, will receive a license with an expiration date of March 31, two years in the future.
  • Between July 1 and December 31 will receive an expiration date of March 31, three years in the future.

Individuals applying to renew an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic license, upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, will receive a license with the same expiration date at the NREMT Certification card.

 

Bureau of EMS Application Review

The Bureau of EMS shall review and decide on an application that has been completed in accordance with all of the Bureau of EMS’ instructions.

  • If the Bureau of EMS approves the application, the Bureau of EMS will notify the applicant and issue a license.
  • If the Bureau of EMS denies the application, the Bureau of EMS will notify the applicant of the reason for the denial and any appeal rights.
  • Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the review que in the Bureau of EMS Information Management System.
  • If the applicant fails to complete the application within 30 days from the date of the initial submission, the application will be voided.
  • The Bureau of EMS will not take any action on the incomplete application. To be considered further by the Bureau of EMS, the applicant shall meet the eligibility requirements and submit a new application as required.
  • Applications are not reviewed or considered by the Bureau of EMS until the appropriate license fee is paid.

 

Mandatory Notifications

A licensed EMS Practitioner, or an EMS student, shall update their information on record no later than ten days after any of the following changes occur:

  1. Mailing address and/or physical location
  2. Primary phone number
  3. Primary email address
  4. Legal name.

A licensed EMS Practitioner, or an EMS student, shall notify the Bureau of EMS no later than ten days after any of the following occur:

  1. Convicted of, or charge with, any misdemeanor or felony in any jurisdiction
  2. Any suspension, revocation, or limitation to an EMS license/certification, or other medical license/certification, by any certification or license board, in any jurisdiction.

 

License Fees and Fee Waivers

 

Application

Type

EMR

EMT

AEMT

PARAMEDIC

Initial

Municipal or

Volunteer Fire

$10

$15

$40

$50

Initial

Private or

Hospital Based

$10

$30

$40

$50

Initial

Out of State

$10

$60

$80

$100

Initial

High School JumpStart Student

Fee Waived

 

 

 

Initial

Military

Fee Waived

Fee Waived

Fee Waived

Fee Waived

Renewal

Municipal or

Volunteer Fire

$5

$10

$35

$45

Renewal

Private or Hospital Based

$5

$25

$35

$45

 

Waiver of Licensing Fee

Active United States Uniformed Service Members

  • Applicants for an EMR, EMT, AEMT or Paramedic license (initial or renewal) that are able to demonstrate active status with the United States Uniformed Service, and otherwise meet the requirements of Louisiana licensing, shall be exempt from payment of the initial or renewal license fees.
  • This waiver is for the use of this license exclusively in the United States Uniformed Service and is not for use for private sector employment.

Federal Government Employee

  • Applicants for EMR, EMT, AEMT or Paramedic license (initial or renewal) that are able to demonstrate employment by the federal government, shall be exempt from payment of the initial or renewal license fees.
  • This waiver is for the use of this license exclusively in the employment of the federal government and is not for use for private sector employment.

High School and Secondary School Students

  • Applicants for an initial EMR or EMT license that are able to demonstrate enrollment at a Louisiana high school or high school equivalent program and are under the age of 19 years old, shall be exempt from payment of the initial license fee.

Volunteer EMR or EMT

  • Applicants for an EMR or EMT license (initial or renewal) who serve as bona fide volunteer community responders and otherwise meet the requirements, shall be exempt from payment of the initial or renewal license fees.
  • Individuals functioning as an EMR or EMT in conjunction with any type of compensated employment, even if the employer classifies the EMR or EMT functions as volunteer, shall not be classified as a volunteer for the purposes of licensure.

EMTs Employed at a Municipality

  • Applicants for EMT license (initial) who serve as an employee of the state of Louisiana or another public entity, a municipal fire department, a fire protection district, or a municipal law enforcement agency who does not perform emergency medical services outside of the individual’s official governmental responsibilities for any form of compensation and otherwise meet the requirements, shall pay the reduced fee for an initial EMT license.
  • Applicants for an EMT license (renewal) who serve as an employee of the state of Louisiana or another public entity, a municipal fire department, a fire protection district, or a municipal law enforcement agency who does not perform emergency medical services outside of the individual’s official governmental responsibilities for any form of compensation and otherwise meets the requirements, shall pay the reduced rate to renew an EMT license.

 

Determination of Residency and Reciprocity

Applicants shall be considered a Louisiana resident for the purpose of licensure and licensure fees if:

  • The applicant is domiciled in Louisiana; and
  • The official, residential address of the applicant listed on the application is in the State of Louisiana; and
  • The applicant has taken the psychomotor exam in the State of Louisiana; or
  • The applicant is employed by the federal government; or
  • The applicant is a member of the United States Uniformed Services.

Applicants not meeting the aforementioned criteria shall be considered non-residents for the purpose of licensure and will be charged relative out-of-state licensure fees.

Individuals applying for a Louisiana EMS license must hold a current national registry certification for the level in which they are applying as well as provide notice of current licenses held in other states.  Temporary or provisional licenses will not be provided until the license application is processed.  Verification of current license status in each state will be reviewed and considered prior to application approval.

 

Louisiana License Levels

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Louisiana License

EMR Initial License, within two years of completing the course, the individual must:

  • Successfully complete a state approved EMR course or present a valid, unrestricted NREMT certification as an EMR.
  • Complete the EMR application on the Bureau of EMS Information Management System and submit the required licensure fee
  • Maintain a valid BLS CPR Provider credential.

 EMR Renewal License, every two years the individual EMR must:

  • Successfully complete a state approved EMR renewal course within 18 months prior to expiration, or present a valid, unrestricted NREMT certification as an EMR. All required materials must be submitted electronically by September 30 of the expiration year.
  • Complete the EMR application on the Bureau of EMS Information Management System and submit the required licensure fee
  • Maintain a BLS CPR credential.

Applications are not reviewed or considered by the Bureau of EMS until the appropriate license fee is paid.

Individuals applying for an initial EMR license, upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements,

  • Between dates of January 1 – June 30, will receive a license with an expiration date of September 30, two years in the future
  • Between July 1 – December 31 will receive an expiration date of September 30, three years in the future

Individuals applying to renew an EMR license, upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, between the dates of April 1 – September 30 will receive a license with an expiration of September 30, two years in the future.

There is a reinstatement period available from October 1 to October 31 of the expiration year.  This reinstatement period is not to be used as a month’s extension to the September 30 deadline.

Failure to renew a license after October 31, will require the individual to take an initial EMR course and apply for an initial license.

 

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Louisiana license

EMT Initial License, within two years of completing the course, the individual must:

  • Successfully complete a state approved EMT course.
  • Present a valid, unrestricted NREMT certification as an EMT by successfully completing the NREMT computer adaptive exam and a Louisiana Bureau of EMS psychomotor exam.
  • Complete the EMT application on the Bureau of EMS Information Management System and submit the required licensure fee.
  • Maintain a valid CPR BLS credential.

EMT Renewal License, every two years the individual EMT must:

Applications are not reviewed or considered by the Bureau of EMS until the appropriate license fee is paid.

Individuals applying for an initial EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic license, upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, between the dates of January 1 – June 30, will receive a license with an expiration date of March 31, two years in the future. Individuals successfully completing the process between July 1 and December 31 will receive an expiration date of March 31, three years in the future.

Individuals applying to renew an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic license, upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, will receive a license with the same expiration date at the NREMT Certification card.

All required materials must be submitted electronically by March 31 of the expiration year Applications are not reviewed or considered by the Bureau of EMS until the appropriate license fee is paid.

There is a reinstatement period available from April 1 to April 30 of the expiration year.  This reinstatement period is not to be used as a one-month extension to the March 31 deadline.

Actions for reinstatement after April 30 are outlined by the National Registry of EMTs.

 

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) Louisiana License

AEMT Initial License, within two years of completing the course, the individual must:

AEMT Renewal License, every two years the individual EMT must:

Applications are not reviewed or considered by the Bureau of EMS until the appropriate license fee is paid. All required materials must be submitted electronically by March 31 of the expiration year.

Upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, individuals applying for an initial EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic license between the dates of January 1 – June 30, will receive a license with an expiration date of March 31, two years in the future. Individuals successfully completing the process between July 1 and December 31 will receive an expiration date of March 31, three years in the future.

Upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, individuals applying to renew an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic license will receive a license with the same expiration date at the NREMT Certification card.

There is a reinstatement period available from April 1 to April 30 of the expiration year. This reinstatement period is not to be used as a one-month extension to the March 31 deadline.

Actions for reinstatement after April 30 are outlined by the National Registry of EMTs.

 

Paramedic Louisiana License

Paramedic Initial License, within two years of completing the course, the individual must:

Paramedic Renewal License, every two years the individual EMS Practitioner must:

Applications are not reviewed or considered by the Bureau of EMS until the appropriate license fee is paid.

Upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, individuals applying for an initial EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic license between the dates of January 1 – June 30, will receive a license with an expiration date of March 31, two years in the future. Individuals successfully completing the process between July 1 and December 31 will receive an expiration date of March 31, three years in the future.

Upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, individuals applying to renew an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic license will receive a license with the same expiration date at the NREMT Certification card.

Individuals applying to renew an EMR license, upon demonstration of compliance with the prescribed requirements, between the dates of April 1 – September 30 will receive a license with an expiration of September 30, two years in the future.

All required materials must be submitted electronically by March 31 of the expiration year.

There is a reinstatement period available from April 1 to April 30 of the expiration year. This reinstatement period is not to be used as a one-month extension to the March 31 deadline.

Actions for reinstatement after April 30 are outlined by the National Registry of EMTs.

 

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

The Louisiana Bureau of EMS is a member of The Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR). CLEAR is the premier international resource for professional regulation stakeholders. 

CLEAR promotes regulatory excellence through conferences, educational programs, webinars, seminars and symposia. The organization provides networking opportunities, publications, and research services for those involved with, or affected by, professional and occupational regulation. As a neutral forum to encourage and provide for the sharing of best practices, CLEAR serves and supports the international regulatory community and its vital contribution to public protection. CLEAR has defined its own educator role as proactively identifying critical issues; providing a dynamic, interactive forum for exploration of these issues and collecting and disseminating relevant information on them. There are four core areas of substantive inquiry that CLEAR supports through its annual conference and other venues: compliance and discipline; testing and examination issues; entry to practice issues; and administration, legislation and policy.