Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I apply for / renew my license?

2. When am I able to renew my license?

3. Will I be notified when it is time to renew my license?

4. How do I login to the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal?

5. What are the different types of license applications and how do I decide which one I need?

6. How long does it take for an application to be processed?

7. How do I transfer my license to / from another state?

8. What happens if my license expires?

9. What are Michigan's licensing requirements in regards to National Registry?

10. How do I change my name?

11. How do I change my address / contact information?

12. How long will my fee be kept on file?

13. How do I request a duplicate license?

14. How do I sign up for a National Registry Psychomotor Examination?

15. What does it mean if I get audited?

16. How do I verify whether an individual has a current license?

17. How long does it take for the EMS office to receive my correspondence?

18. If I have committed a crime, will this affect my ability to obtain/maintain a Michigan EMS license?


 1. How do I apply for / renew my license?

All license renewals are performed through the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal. 

  • Login to your account.
  • Select Applications from the left side menu.
  • Find the appropriate application and click Apply Now.
  • Read the instructions carefully and submit your application when complete.
  • A prompt to make the required payment will occur at the end of the application.

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 2. When am I able to renew my license?

The window for renewing your license will open 60 days prior to the expiration date.

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 3. Will I be notified when it is time to renew my license?

Yes, an automatic notification will be sent to the email address which is listed in your Michigan EMS eLicensing account.

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 4. How do I login to the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal?

To access the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal, click here.

  • Login to your account using your username and password.
  • If you forgot your password, click the forgot password link.
  • If it states that your account is suspended, call 517-241-3025.

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 5. What are the different types of license applications and how do I decide which one I need?

To better understand the Michigan EMS provider license applications, click here.

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 6. How long does it take for an application to be processed?

Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Please monitor your email for correspondence.

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 7. How do I transfer my license to / from another state?

If you are currently a provider in another state and wish to become licensed in Michigan, you will need the following:
  • Passing score on both National Registry exams at the level for which you are applying. 
         [It is not required to be current]
  • Out of State Verification form [Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal > Applications]
  • Michigan Initial Licensure Application [Reciprocity fee is $175.00 for all levels]
  • MFR / EMT: There are some states that do not verify the training of certain education categories. If this is the case, you would be required to take an abbreviated Michigan course and have the educator fill out the EMS 254 form to verify your proficiency in these areas.

If you are currently a provider in Michigan and wish to obtain licensure in another state, you will need to follow the procedures of the state for which you wish to obtain licensure. If you wish to request verification of your Michigan EMS license status, follow these steps to request an Out of State Verification Form through the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal. 

  • Login to your account.
  • Select Applications from the left side menu.
  • Find the Out of State Verification form and click Apply Now.
  • Pay $25.00 fee

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 8. What happens if my license expires?

If you fail to renew your license on or before the expiration date, your license will enter a 60-day grace period. During this time, your license is still active. However, it is at your employer's discretion of whether you may work during the grace period. There will be a $50.00 late fee due in addition to the regularly scheduled fees upon renewal of your license.

If you fail to renew your license on or before the last day of the 60-day grace period, your license will lapse on your original expiration date. At this point, you are no longer an active EMS provider in the State of Michigan. Working as an EMS provider without a valid license is considered a felony under Michigan Law and will result in legal proceedings. If you wish you relicense, you must submit a Re-licensure or Lapsed Downgrade Application. If your license is lapsed for greater than 3 years, you must take another EMS education course. The fee for re-licensure applications is $150.00 [MFR] or $175 [EMT / AEMT / EMT-P / IC].

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 9. What are Michigan's licensing requirements in regards to National Registry?

Michigan requires that providers have passed both of the National Registry exams [cognitive and psychomotor] at least once at their level of licensure. It is not required for providers to maintain current National Registry status after testing is complete.

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 10. How do I change my name?

All name change requests are performed through the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal. 

  • Login to your account.
  • Select Applications from the left side menu.
  • Find the Personal Data Change/Correction License Application and click Apply Now.
  • Read the instructions carefully and submit your application when complete. 
  • Expect to provide verification of name change by uploading a copy of an official document such as driver's license, marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc. 

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 11. How do I change my address / contact information?

All address changes are performed through the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal.

  • Login to your account.
  • Select My Account > Profile from the left side menu.
  • Make desired changes to your address and contact information, then click Save.

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 12. How long will my fee be kept on file?

All fees will be kept on file for 2 years.

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 13. How do I request a duplicate license?

You may request a duplicate license through the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal.

  • Login to your account.
  • Select Applications from the left side menu.
  • Find the Personnel Duplicate Provider License Request Application and click Apply Now.
  • Pay $10.00 fee per reprint

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 14. How do I sign up for a National Registry Psychomotor Examination?

To register for a National Registry Psychomotor Examination, you must sign up through the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal.

  • Login to your account.
  • Select Applications from the left side menu.
  • Find the National Registry Psychomotor Examination Reservation Application and click Apply Now.

For more information about National Registry Examinations in Michigan, click here.

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 15. What does it mean if I get audited?

Audits are routinely performed at random to verify that applicants are meeting the minimum requirements for continuing education.

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 16. How do I verify whether an individual has a current license?

The Lookup feature of the Michigan EMS eLicensing Portal allows the public to search for all licensed and previously licensed Michigan EMS providers. You may perform a search using any of the following cirteria: first name, last name, or license number. You may also search for a Michigan EMS agency.

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 17. How long does it take for the EMS office to receive my correspondence?

The EMS office will receive emails, voicemails, and faxes within 1-2 business days. For correspondence sent by US Mail, allow up to 7-10 business days. 

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 18. If I have committed a crime, will this affect my ability to obtain/maintain a Michigan EMS license?

All applicants for Michigan EMS licenses undergo a background check via the Michigan State Police Internet Criminal History Access Tool [ICHAT]. The department will review all criminal matters to determine whether a license may be issued and / or maintained. Be sure that you list ALL criminal charges on your application including misdemeanors [OWI, DWLS, ordinance violations, etc.] and felonies. For further information, click here.

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Updated: 5.11.2020