Apply for an initial EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification

You may apply for Massachusetts EMT certification at all levels online or by mail. We recommend applying online using the eLicensing system.
The typical processing time is 10 business days for a complete online application. Paper applications typically process in 2-3 weeks once the complete application and all documents are received.

Office of Emergency Medical Services

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What you need for Apply for an initial EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification

Application Methods

There are two methods to apply for initial certification of all levels of EMT. The recommended method is online, using the eLicensing system.

Online
Paper
  • The typical processing time for a complete paper application is 2-3 weeks. For those who wish to apply for initial certification via a paper application, the downloadable forms are available below in the Mail drop-down menu.

What you will need

Before applying for Massachusetts EMT certification at any level, you must:

  • Have certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) at the level for which you are applying.

You will also need:
  • A completed application
  • A non-refundable certification fee
If you are applying with a paper application, you will also need to provide:
  • A copy of your NREMT card
  • A copy of both sides of your current Basic Life Support CPR card
  • A copy of both sides of your current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card (for Paramedic level only)

Special circumstances

    If you are applying from out of state, please also include the Out of State Verification form:
    If you were you ever certified or licensed as another type of health care provider in Massachusetts or any other state or jurisdiction:
    • Please submit a copy of that license or certification
    If you answered "Yes" to Question 3 on the application, please submit a CORI packet that includes:
    If you don't have a Social Security Number (SSN):

    Fees for Apply for an initial EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification

    In the form of a check or money order made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is non-refundable.

    Name Fee Unit
    Certification fee $150 per application

    How to apply Apply for an initial EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification

    Before you can apply online, you must create an account to access eLicensing.

    To create an account:

    1. Go to the Mass Department of Public Health Online Licensing portal.
    2. On the left side of the screen, select Register a Person
    3. Once you have registered, log in to your account
    4. On the main page, select Apply for a License
    5. Once you have completed the online application, submit any and all necessary additional documents to:

    Office of Emergency Medical Services
    ATTN: CERTIFICATION
    99 Chauncy St.
    11th Floor
    Boston, MA 02111

    For full step-by-step instructions, use Initial Certification Instructions (using eLicensing) (DOC)

    If you are applying by paper, please use the following certification forms for the level you are applying for.

    EMT-Basic
    Advanced EMT
    Paramedic

    Mailing your application

    Send your completed paper application, all required documents, and certification fee to:

    Office of Emergency Medical Services
    ATTN: CERTIFICATION
    99 Chauncy St.
    11th Floor
    Boston, MA 02111

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