EMS Credentialing

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.

Please direct EMS Credentialing inquiries to EMS.Credentialing@la.gov 


IMS "How to" documents 

Click here to learn how to create a personal account

Click here to learn how to apply for an initial license

Click here to learn how to create an agency

Click here to learn how to submit an application for criminal history determination

Click here to view IMS Order of Operation (for instructors)


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. 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 license or reciprocity with a current, unrestricted NREMT license will be approved with the same license expiration date as NREMT. If NREMT is not renewed before applying, applicants will be approved with the NREMT expiration date and then will be required to renew their Louisiana license once their NREMT has been successfully renewed.


Bureau of EMS Application Review

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Mandatory Notifications

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License Fees and Fee Waivers

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 Determination of Residency and Reciprocity

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Louisiana License Levels

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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.