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Guide COVID-19 and MA EMS Certification

Information and resources on the certification of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics, including temporary certification, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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MA EMS Certification Expiring April 1, 2020

MA Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certifications set to expire April 1, 2020, have been extended until 90 days past the termination of the State of Emergency.  You may use the online verification site in lieu of your printed certification card. The Department strongly recommends you complete your recertification as soon as possible.

Continuing Education Requirements

To assist those EMTs whose certifications expire April 1, 2020, in completing the recertification requirements, while respecting the Governor’s order for Social Distancing, all continuing education may be completed via Distributive Education.

Distributive education is online courses without a live instructor and will have a “T3” OEMS or “F3” CAPCE approval number. We encourage providers to consider Virtual Instructor Lead Training (VILT) courses which will have a “T5” OEMS or “F5” CAPCE approval number. For additional information, you may find details within Administrative Requirement 2-212. All education must be completed by June 30, 2020.

Certification Pathways During COVID-19

  • If you hold current National Registry certification and wish to gain MA EMS certification, click here
  • If your MA EMS certification has expired within the past two years and wish to reinstate (not temporary certification) your expired certification, click here.
  • If you are interested in Temporary MA EMS certification, please see the instructions below.

Temporary EMS Certification due to COVID-19

In accordance with the Commissioner of Public Health’s April 3, 2020 order maximizing health care provider availability, to respond to Governor Baker’s declared State of Emergency, the Department is issuing temporary EMT certification, upon request.


  • Currently hold EMT certification/licensure (in good standing, at any level) in another state; OR
  • Previously held Massachusetts EMS certification (at any level), but it has expired within the last 10 years (after March 29, 2010). This does not include certifications that have been revoked, suspended or surrendered.
  • Currently hold CPR (all levels) and/or ACLS (Paramedics only) certification in order to obtain certification to work as an EMT at any level in Massachusetts. Note that due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, any CPR or ACLS credential that expired on or after February 1, 2020, is deemed current through July 1, 2020.

Applicants for temporary EMT certification must submit the following:

  • Temporary Certification Application
  • CPR (all levels) and/or ACLS (for Paramedic applicants). See above note for expiration dates.
  • Out of state providers must have each state or licensing agency, where they currently or previously held certification/licensure, complete and submit a state verification form to our office. Please send this form to the state where you have held certification/licensure.

Applicants for temporary EMT certification may need to submit the following additional documentation:

If you answer “yes’ to any of the “EMT Background” or “Criminal History” questions, you will need to send in additional documentation and/or explanation.

  • If you have answered “Yes” to Question 1, and have ever held EMS certification or licensure in another state, please also include the Out of State Verification form: State verification of EMS licensure and/or certification | (DOC). Please complete the top portion and send to the state(s) where you have previously been certified, and they will return to the MA Department of Public Health (DPH). You may find contact information for state EMS agencies here
  • If you have answered “Yes” to Question 2, and ever been certified or licensed as another type of healthcare provider in Massachusetts in another jurisdiction, please submit a copy of that license, by mail or email, to the Office of Emergency Medical Services (contact information listed above).
  • If you answered "Yes" to Question 4 on the application, please submit a CORI packet that includes:
    1. A CORI acknowledgment form: Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgment Form | (DOC)
    2. A detailed written explanation concerning the circumstance(s) in question
      • Forms must be notarized based on a government-issued photo ID and include the signature of a Notary Public with the stamp or seal on page 3. Notaries are commonly found at banks
      • When complete, the form must be submitted by mail to the address listed at top of form

Duration of Temporary EMT Certification

Temporary certifications will remain valid until the termination of the state of emergency for out of state EMTs, and 90 days following the termination of the state of emergency for previously MA certified EMTs. Temporary EMTs who wish to become fully certified as EMTs after their temporary certification expires must meet all the standard regulatory entry/reinstatement requirements (including holding National Registry certification).


Office of Emergency Medical Services
67 Forest Street, Suite 100
Marlborough, MA 01778

Fax: 617-753-7320