COVID-19 and MA EMS Certification

Information and resources on temporary EMS certifications issued during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

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Duration of Temporary EMT Certification

In accordance with the Commissioner of Public Health’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Order 2022-15 June 14, 2022, all previously issued temporary EMT certifications will remain valid until December 31st, to allow time for the holders of these temporary certifications to apply for full EMT certification. The Department will continue to issue new temporary certifications until June 30, 2022. If you do not obtain full EMT certification by December 31st, you will not be able to operate as an EMT as your certification will have expired.

If you wish to gain full certification, there is a pathway for you to do so, by obtaining National Registry Certification as a current state certified EMT. If you already have NREMT certification, simply apply using the paper initial application.

In order to prevent a lapse in certification after December 31st, we recommend you obtain NREMT and submit a paper application for certification by December 31st, 2022.

Please contact the National Registry for specific application instructions for a current state certified EMT. You can contact them at 614-888-4484 or


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