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Paramedic License Renewal

Within the world of EMS, you must be renewing your license to continue to work for your employer.  I know what you’re saying, “DUH!”.  Well, for a paramedic, you must renew your license every two years.  This means going through the process of applying for a renewal license with a renewal license application.  If you haven’t received the application 6 months prior to your license being expired, you should:

1.  Not panic!

2.  Download the license renewal application forms here.

3.  Know that this is for the NREMT, so it may be different for your state.  You can check your state’s renewal procedures by going to this site’s homepage, scrolling down to State-Specific Req’s, finding your state, and clicking the link.  It will take you to the state-specific post with information you may find helpful.

Most of the time, failure to receive the renewal application forms is due to failure of notifying the state organization of an address change.  Make sure to notify your state’s organization or the NREMT of any address changes 30 prior to your license expiration date.

A licensed paramedic must also complete 48 hours of continuing education every 2 years to receive renewal privileges as well.

If your license has expired and you would like to renew it, then you must follow additional stipulations:

1.  License expired less than 6 months you must complete a minimum of 48 hours of continuing education (CE) in your field and provide documentation of your completion.

2.  License expired for more than 6 months, but less than one year then you must complete 60 hours of CE and submit copies of your certificates or other documentation to prove your coursework is completed.

3.  License expired more than a year, but less than two years you must complete 72 hours of CE and submit documentation.  You must also pass the NREMT practical and written exams again, provide fingerprints to Department of Justice (DOJ), and provide fingerprints to FBI for background checks.

4.  License expired more than 2 years you must complete 72 hours of continuing education which includes Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Cardiac Life Support, PreHospital Trauma Life Support, and Pediatric Trauma Life Support.  You must again pass the NREMT practical and written exams and supply fingerprints to the Department of Justice and the FBI for background checks.

For most situations, you should receive your paramedic license renewal within 10-15 business days.

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