Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get an EMT certification if I have a misdemeanor or felony conviction?
Your application for initial EMT certification, current EMT certification or EMT recertification can be revoked, denied, suspended or put on probation depending on the circumstances
and type of conviction.  Once we become aware of an allegation, our investigation will include a written statement from you, arrest reports and court documents.   In some instances
your employer will be notified of the allegation and are given the opportunity to investigate and have input in the action taken against your  EMT certification.  
State regulations direct
when the Medical Director SHALL and MAY deny or revoke EMT certification if
these actions apply.   
How long will it take to process my application?
All initial and re-certifying EMT applications MAY take up to forty-five (45) business days to process.   

Rushed processing may be available for an additional fee depending on availability.  

Initial applications for certifications cannot be processed until the EMS Agency has received a clear background check from the Department of Justice.  If an applicant does not have a
clear background check additional processing times will apply.  

Do I need an EMT Certification issued by the County where I am working?
EMT certifications are issued by certifying authorities, such as the County of San Luis Obispo EMS Agency, across the state.  Any EMT certificate issued by an authorized certifying
authority in California is valid statewide.

Where do I complete my background check (Live Scan)?
Obtain the required Live Scan form from the EMS Agency (also available at the office).  A list of locations providing Live Scan services is maintained by the Attorney General's office.
Certification applications cannot be processed until the EMS Agency has received your record from the Department of Justice.

Do I have to be fingerprinted each time I re-certify?
A Live Scan background check (in which the County of San Luis Obispo EMS Agency is the notified agency) is required the first time an EMT certifies with a new certifying authority.  
You do not need to repeat this step for recertification in the County of San Luis Obispo.  Anytime you re-certify with a new certifying authority (such as the County of San Luis Obispo)
you must complete a Live Scan for that specific certifying authority .

Do I have to submit a DMV printout each time I re-certify?
No, DMV printouts are no longer required for initial, or re-certifying EMTs in the County of San Luis Obispo.

How often do I need to re-certify?
Every two years.

Is it permissible to work with an expired EMT certification card?
No, it is against the law. There is no grace period.

If my certification has expired, can I still re-certify?
Yes, within the following parameters:
Not yet expired...
24 Hours of Refresher/CE Hours are required.
0-6 months expired...
24 Hours of Refresher/CE Hours are required
Greater than 6 months
but less than 12
months expired...
36 Hours of CE is required (12 additional)
12 months but less
than 24 months
48 Hours of CE is required PLUS Completion of National Registry Exam PLUS do a new Live Scan
Greater than 24 months
You must repeat the entire EMT Basic Course PLUS take the National Registry Exam PLUS do a new Live Scan
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Last updated 3/4/2019
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Do I have to apply in person?
All initial applications must be submit in person.  Recertification applications may be submit by Email, fax or mail.

Do I need an appointment?
No appointment is needed for the walk-in hours. If these days and times do not work, call or email to setup an appointment that works better.

What does it cost to replace a lost or stolen card?
The fee for a replacement card is $12.00.

Do I need an EMT certification to work as an EMT if I have a California Paramedic Licence?
A California licensed Paramedic working as an EMT is not required to have an EMT card.  However, If the employer or individual wants an EMT card they will be required to submit an
application and complete the Live Scan background check process the same as an initial EMT applicant.  

What if I have additional questions?
Contact the County of San Luis Obispo EMS Agency.