EMS Licensure

This page is designed to assist Region VII EMS providers with LICENSURE and RENEWAL.

IDPH LICENSE LOOK UP:
IDPH has an online EMS license verification site that may be accessed by anyone to verify individual provider and ambulance EMS licenses’: IDPH online EMS license verification link

IDPH WEBSITE FOR RESOURCES:
The IDPH WEBSITE must be used to access IDPH information and forms for licensing and renewals. IDPH will not accept old forms so be sure you are using the most current forms from this site.

INITIAL LICENSURE VIA STATE EXAM:
If you took the Illinois State Licensing Exam through CTS/PSI remember you still have to pay for your State of Illinois EMS license before it will be mailed to you. Once you pass the exam, you will receive a letter from IDPH with a PIN # telling you to log into IDPH to pay your fee so your license will print: IDPH Fee Payment

IDPH FEES:
State license fees are listed below and are based on the level of license you seek and whether it is an initial license fee, renewal fee, or duplicate license fee.

LICENSE TYPE EMT-B EMT-I EMT-P TNS ECRN EMD FRD LI PHRN
TEST FEE $20 $30 $40 $25 NA NA NA NA NA
LICENSE FEE $45 $45 $60 $50 $55 $30 $55 $40 $30
RENEWAL FEE $20 $30 $40 $25 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20
DUPLICATE FEE $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10 $10

INITIAL LICENSURE VIA NATIONAL REGISTRY EXAM:

If you took the National Registry Exam and want an Illinois license, you must wait until you receive your NREMT card in the mail to apply for an IL license. Once you have your NREMT card and pass letter bring it to the EMS office where you took your class with the following…

1. NATIONAL REGISTRY TO ILLINOIS LICENSE APPLICATION form:
2. IDPH Renewal Notice Blank Form
3. Copy of NREMT card and pass result letter:
4. Copy of current CPR Card:
5. Money order or cashiers check payable to IDPH for the amount listed above. The LICENSURE FEES listed are based on the level of licensure you are applying for (EMT-B, Paramedic, etc).

LICENSE RENEWAL:
Region VII adopted the State’s minimum required hours for CE May 31, 2014. Not every System did. Required hours were reduced from 120 hours to the following:
– A miminum of 100 hours every 4 years for Paramedic and PHRN
– A minimum of 80 hours every 4 years for EMT-I (AEMT)
– A minimum of 60 hours every 4 years for EMT-B (EMT)

Important facts to remember when it comes to relicensure:
1. ALWAYS ensure your EMS System has your current mailing address and email.
2. ALWAYS keep copies of your CE for your own records. (As it is ultimately your responsibility.)
3. ALWAYS obtain details of classes, such as topics covered, IDPH site codes and signatures.
4. NEVER wait till the last minute. Check your CE and track your hours throughout the 4 years.
5. IDPH mails out RENEWAL NOTICES with a PIN number 60-90 days prior to renewal. If you do NOT receive this notice, email your EMS System for a copy.
6. Pay your license fee online at the IDPH WEBSITE to avoid delays caused by mailing in check payments
7. When renewing online with IDPH you will be asked to enter YOUR PRIMARY EMS SYSTEM’S “System Number Code”. Click here for a list of EVERY SYSTEM NUMBER 4-DIGIT CODE IN THE STATE. If asked for your TNS training hospital only fill this out if you’re a Trauma Nurse.
8. Complete the Child Support and Felony conviction statements. Anyone convicted of a felony or delinquent on child support may not be able to complete their renewal online and may need to contact IDPH as directed.

NAME CHANGE:
Your IDPH license is a legal document and should match your legal name on your driver’s license. An individual can change their name with IDPH by emailing their EMS System a copy of their marriage license, divorce decree (front page and name change page only), or court order. The System files the appropriate paperwork with IDPH. It costs nothing to change your name unless you want a duplicate license mailed out. See “Duplicate License Request”.

DUPLICATE LICENSE REQUEST:
A duplicate license request may be necessary if your license has been lost or stolen or for a name change. The $10 is only necessary if the individual needs a new copy of their license now. A duplicate license may be requested through this IDPH website link.

RECIPROCITY:
If an individual has an EMT/Paramedic license from NREMT or out of State, they may apply for reciprocity to obtain an Illinois license. IDPH handles all reciprocity applications directly. Reciprocity applications may be printed from this IDPH website link.

VEHICLE LICENSES:
The on-line fee payment system allows for vehicle service provider agencies to utilize a credit card to pay for vehicle and ambulance provider license renewal fees. Vehicle service providers will be able to log onto the IDPH website (click pay vehicle fee in the upper right) and select the vehicle(s) that are due for renewal and pay the fee(s) for the vehicle(s) needing renewal. Vehicle inspections will still have to be completed and entered into the EMS Licensing System for the renewal of the license(s) to be complete and print. NEW or REPLACEMENT vehicles cannot be paid via the on-line system. You may also use this site to look-up vehicle licenses.

OTHER IDPH ON THE IDPH WEBSITE:
IDPH Extension Request Application – Used for a one-time 6 month license extension
IDPH Inactive Request – Used to place license on temporary Inactive status
IDPH Reactivation Request – Only used if license has expired 3-36 months & seeking to reactivate.
IDPH EMS License Fee Waiver Application – EMS System Coordinators may request a waiver of the licensing fee for individual EMT’s and First Responders who serve exclusively as a volunteer for units of local government or not-for-profit organizations that serve a service area with a population base of less than 5,000.

INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS: (not actively with an EMS System) may access renewal information at:
IDPH Independent Renewal Application for INDEPENDENTS
IDPH CE SUGGESTIONS NON-SYSTEM for INDEPENDENTS
For more information as an Independent contact IDPH at 217-785-2080 to obtain your IDPH Regional Coordinator’s contact information.