EMS & Fire Certifications

Frequently Asked Questions – Certifications


When will my certification card be mailed after I renew my certification?

Certification cards are mailed after they become effective on the certificate holder’s birthday. Most people receive their new cards within 7-10 days after their birthday.

How do I request a replacement card?

Click HERE to access the Request Replacement Card form. Print, complete the form, and send via email to EMS & Fire Certifications, fax to 614-466-9461, or mail to: Ohio Division of EMS, P.O. Box 182073, Columbus, Ohio 43218-2073.

How do I get an extension for my EMS certification?

Extensions are granted to complete continuing education and/or instructional requirements to renew an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), Paramedic, EMS Instructor, Assistant EMS Instructor, and/or Continuing Education Instructor certification. Extensions are for 90 days. If an extension of greater than 90 days is needed, a written request may be submitted in accordance with rule 4765-19-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Requests exceeding 90 days are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Only one extension per certification period is permitted. Click HERE to access the Request for Extension of EMS Certificates form. The form can be printed and completed or downloaded and completed on the computer.

Pursuant to rule 4765-19-03, to be eligible for an extension to complete continuing education and/or instructional requirements, you must apply prior to the expiration date of the certification for which you are requesting the extension.

How much continuing education do I need?

Click HERE for EMS certificate continuing education requirements.

Click HERE for fire certificate continuing education requirements.

How do I reinstate my certification?

Reinstatement requirements vary by the type of certification and the length of time since expiration. Click HERE to see reinstatement requirements.

What do I need in order to apply for certification through reciprocity?

TReciprocity requirements vary by the type of certification and require completion of a reciprocity packet. Click HERE to find the packet you need.

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