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Renew your EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification

EMS personnel in Massachusetts are required to renew their certification every two years.
Follow the instructions below to renew your certification expiring on April 1, 2021. We recommend you complete all steps by February 15, 2021.

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What you need for Renew your EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification

We recommend that you complete and submit Step A and Step B in the recertification process by February 15, 2021 in order to receive your EMT card by April 1, 2021.

  • Check the license verification website to ensure your recertification has been completed.  Please note that you are not recertified until eLicensing displays your 2023 expiration date.
  • An expiration date of March 31, 2023 on NREMT.org does not mean you have completed your recertification.

Cards are printed and mailed weekly, and you should receive within 14 days of recertification.

Recertification instructions

How to renew Renew your EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification

To renew your EMT certification, follow the Access NREMT (Step A).

There are different requirements to renew your certification depending on your certification level:

If you are not affiliated with an EMS agency, or you don't work for a Massachusetts EMS agency and you don't live in Massachusetts, please follow these steps to renew your certification:

If your Massachusetts certification expired in 2020 and your NREMT certification expires in 2021, please follow these steps to renew your certification:

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Before you receive your new certification card, you can check if you have been recertified online. If the online verification system documents that you have been recertified, you may work on the basis of that proof. We allow for electronic verification. This is referenced in Massachusetts Regulations at 105 CMR 170.285 (c) and (d).

Important COVID-19 Updates

  • All education may be completed using Distributive Education
    • In accordance with AR 2-212, EMT Continuing Education Standards has been updated to match National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) policy, permitting EMTs whose certifications expire in 2021 to complete all of their continuing education via Distributive Education (DE), temporarily lifting the limits on DE for this cycle, due to the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • Certification expired 2020
    • Certifications expired April 1, 2020 have been extended until December 31, 2020
    • If you wish to maintain your certification passed December 31, 2020, please visit the COVID-19 and MA EMS Certification page for additional information and instructions.

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