Once approved, your certification in California, no matter if a new one or a renewal, is valid for 2 years from the date of your application.
To make sure your certification does not lapse, apply for renewal at least 60 days in advance of the expiration date. You are eligible for renewal up to 6 months in advance of your expiration date.
Complete refresher and continuing education training
As part of your application for renewal, you will have to:
- Include when you completed your EMT refresher training and who provided it
- List all your continuing education units
You must complete the required hours of continuing education units:
- Valid and current certification license, or one lapsed less than 6 months: 24 course hours
- Lapsed 6 months to 1 year: 36 course hours
- Lapsed over 1 year: 48 course hours
If you are lapsed over 1 year, you must also provide proof of current National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) training.
Gather digital or printed copies
As a part of your application, you will also have to submit digital or printed copies of your:
- California State driver’s license
- California State EMT Skills Competency Verification Form
- Basic life support (BLS) CPR card from the American Heart Association, or American Red Cross, or American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI)
For first time renewals only, you must also provide proof of naloxone, epinephrine, and glucometer training in the form of a continuing education certificate.
If you are applying by DocuSign or email, your digital copies must be in a PDF format.
For mailed or hand-delivered applications, submit printed copies with your application.
Complete a background check
You will have to be fingerprinted and pass a background check using Live Scan Services only if:
- If you’re renewing through our office from an outside county
- Your license has lapsed for 6 months or longer
If either of these are you, you must complete your background check for EMT certification renewal.
You do not have to do this step if you are certified through our office or if your certification has lapsed less than 6 months.
Submit your application
Once we get your application with all necessary attachments, Live Scan results, and payment, processing normally takes up to 14 calendar days.
If there are any delays, we will contact you.
If your certification is valid or lapsed less than 1 year, pay $135.
If your certification lapsed over 1 year or you are certified outside of San Francisco, pay $183.
Or send a check or money order made out to The City and County of San Francisco. Send it to:
333 Valencia Street, Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94103
Last updated July 1, 2022