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Last updated 12/22/2016
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EMT Initial Certification - Upon successful completion of requirements and confirmation that the applicant is not precluded from
certification for background reasons as defined in Section 1798.200 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual is eligible for
EMT Certification.

EMT Recertification - If you apply six months before your current expiration date your new expiration date will be two years from your
current expiration date. If you apply more than six months before your current expiration date your new expiration date will be two years
from the last day of the month that all requirements have been met
.Upon successful completion of requirements and confirmation that the
applicant is not precluded from certification for background reasons as defined in Section 1798.200 of the California Health and Safety
Code, an individual is eligible for EMT Certification.

Lapsed EMT Certification - There are no extensions for lapsed EMT certifications.  Once a certificate has expired an individual may not
work as an EMT or represent him/herself as an EMT.  All requirements must be met for recertification.

Out of State EMT Applicants - Upon successful completion of requirements and confirmation that the applicant is not precluded from
certification for background reasons as defined in Section 1798.200 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual is eligible for
EMT Certification in California.

Paramedics working as EMTs - A California licensed Paramedic working as an EMT is not required to have an EMT card, unless their
Paramedic license has been suspended.  If the employer or individual wants an EMT card or if the individual's California Paramedic license
has been suspended, upon successful completion of requirements and confirmation that the applicant is not precluded from certification
for background reasons as defined in Section 1798.200 of the California Health and Safety Code, an individual is eligible for EMT
Certification.
Frequently Asked Questions

NATIONAL REGISTRY
Applicants for initial EMT certification in San Luis Obispo County must pass the National Registry Examination
WHY SHOULD I COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS?
You must complete the certification process within two years of the EMT course completion date if you plan on any of the following: (The
documents that the school issues are course completion documents only, and are not EMT Certifications.)

  • Employment: If you plan on working as an EMT or plan on taking an EMT recertification course, you would need to complete your
    initial certification. If you do not complete your initial certification and realize 2 years from now that you need your EMT certification,
    you would be required to complete the whole Basis EMT Course over again prior to certification.

  • Paramedic: If you plan on becoming a paramedic (EMT certification is required for admittance into paramedic school).

  • EMT Recertification: Completing an EMT recertification course (To be eligible for completion and ultimately certification after
    completing a recertification course, you must have had a valid EMT certification within the last two years in order to be eligible).
**All EMT applicants must disclose every misdemeanor and/or felony of which they have been
convicted, including vehicle code violations and those for which they have been found guilty by a jury,
plead guilty or plead nolo contendre, or any conviction which has been expunged or sealed under
PC1203.4.  Failure to disclose a misdemeanor or felony may result in denial, suspension or revocation of
an EMT certificate pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 1798.200.

To find out if your specific traffic violation is a misdemeanor or felony look in the California Vehicle Code

Health & Safety Code list of  reasons that we may DENY or REVOKE an EMT Certification
Title 22 list of reasons that requires SHALL DENY or REVOKE EMT Certifcation

EMT Background Check Requirement Information
Investigation and Disciplinary Process for EMS Personnel Guide

Please note additional fee will be required if you have a background that requires an administrative
investigation.
 See fee page.
Our Live Scan Form
Location of Live Scan Agencies  ~ We do not do fingerprinting in our office. Use this link to find a
location near you.

DMV Pull Authoirzation Form
Sample DMV Employer Letter
Sample Grandfathered EMT Employer Letter
****IMPORTANT NOTICE****
Due to current staffing, we may require extra time to process your EMT certification.  Please plan
accordingly.  If you wait until the last day of the month and need your EMT renewed in order to continue
working you will incur an additional
rush fee of $60.00.

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County of San Luis Obispo
EMT Certification and Recertification