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EMT Initial Certification


EMT Initial Certification Process

1.    Prepare your documents on the device you will complete your application from. (JPG or PDF format only).            This will make the process smoother

2.   You must be 18 years old or older to be certified as an EMT in California

3.   Must complete a Live Scan in the State of California

4.   Application: EMT or AEMT Initial Application online

5.   Upload as requested:

  • Current government issued photo ID (driver’s license/passport)
  • Current CPR card – Basic Life Support (BLS) Providers, Healthcare Providers, and Professional            Rescuers
  • Current National Registry card WITH

           -  EMT course completion certificate from an approved California EMT course that is less than two                             (2) years old (with a minimum of 170 hours effective July 1, 2017)


           -  EMT course completion certificate from an approved Out-of-State that is less than 2  years old


           -  Current and valid Out-of-State EMT State card


           -  Current and valid Out-of-State or National Registry Advanced EMT or Paramedic certificate


           -  Current and valid California Advanced EMT or EMT-II certification or a current and valid California                           Paramedic license

         If applicable, provide written explanations, court records and/or police reports as requested during the         application process

6.    Sign and submit your application

7.    Pay your application fees

Online applications will not be processed until all required documentation has been uploaded and the appropriate fee is received by the County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services.

The application process may take up to forty-five (45) days from the date a completed application is received. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email notifying you that you may log in to your profile to print your County of San Diego EMT ID card. This certification is valid throughout the County of San Diego.

Certification Services inquires can be emailed to: EMSCertifications.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov


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PLAN EARLY! It is the responsibility of each credentialed individual to start the application process at least 60 days prior to certification expiration date.