Georgia OEMS COVID-19 Workforce Options for EMS Personnel

The Georgia Office of EMS has multiple options for entering the EMS workforce during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Based on your current circumstances, you may be eligible for one or more EMS license types.

 

Please review the following to see which option fits your current circumstances the best, and please review the flowchart that we have created to help you determine which license application to use (click Download this pdf file.HERE for the flowchart):

  • Currently Licensed EMS Professional in another U.S. State or Territory (not Nationally Registered)

    Available Georgia License Option(s):

    • Temporary License (see below)
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  • Previously Licensed EMS Professional in Georgia with an expiration (or Retired status) date of 2017, 2018, or 2019

    Available Georgia License Option(s):

    • Temporary License (see below)
    • Reinstatement (see below) - please note, if you are unable to get a background check due to the shelter in place order, you need to apply for a temporary license.
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  • Previously Licensed EMS Professional in Georgia with an expiration date of 2016 or before

    Anyone with a previous Georgia license that expired in 2016 or before would have to obtain their National Registry and apply for a new Georgia license.

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  • Graduated an EMS Program and passed the NREMT Cognitive Exam (but not the Psychomotor)

    NOTE: This would qualify you for the NREMT Provisional Certification.

    Available Georgia License Option(s):

    • Provisional License (see below) - please note, if you are unable to get a background check due to the shelter in place order, you need to apply for a temporary license.
    • Temporary License (see below) - this should only be your choice if you are unable to get a fingerprint background check.
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  • Graduated an EMS Program but have not passed the NREMT Cognitive Exam

    If you have not passed your NREMT Cognitive Exam, there is no available option for you to function as a licensed EMS professional in Georgia. If you have another level of NREMT or a license in another state, please see the information on those.

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  • Currently Nationally Registered at the EMT, AEMT or Paramedic level

    Available Georgia License Option(s):

    • Temporary License (see below)
    • Traditional License (see below) - please note, if you are unable to get a background check due to the shelter in place order, you need to apply for a temporary license.
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  • Not completed an initial education program at the EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic Level

    You will need to complete an initial education program and take the National Registry exam in order to obtain a license as an EMS professional in Georgia.

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  • Recently Expired Medic (Expired on 3/30/2020)

    You have the option to do an extension of your license to 6/30/2020. This is available in LMS - look for the Request for Extension of Medic License Expiration Date for COVID-19 application and click Apply Now.

    This will require you to do a late renewal of your license. Do the following steps:

    • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms) - if you haven't logged in before, click on Forgot Username, and enter the requested information.
    • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms).
    • Click on Applications on the left, and then find the Late Georgia Medic Renewal application and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application. You will need to pay the late fee and the license application fee, and upload your continuing education hours (with the supplemental training application).
    • NOTE: As of 4/2/2020, the LATE Renewal Fee is waived until 6/30/2020.
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  • Medic with an expiration date of June 30, 2020

    This is eligible for a regular renewal that will expire on March 31, 2022. The renewal must be completed prior to the expiration date of June 30, 2020. You will need to complete the Supplemental Training application to enter your continuing education hours, and then complete the Georgia Medic Renewal application.

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  • Other healthcare professional (RN, PA, or MD/DO)

    During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Ground Ambulance EMS Agencies may employ an RN/PA/MD/DO to work on the ambulance. The person must be licensed in the state of Georgia in good standing, and they will need to create a profile in the Georgia EMS License Management System (LMS).

    To create a profile in LMS:

    • Go to www.mygemsis.org/lms, scroll to the bottom and click Create Account.
    • Provide the information requested, and check your email for your user name and click on the link to set your password.
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  • Non Healthcare Providers

    Georgia Certified Firefighters or Georgia Certified Peace Officers may serve as the driver of a Ground Ambulance with a single licensed medic in the patient compartment if the EMS Agency has obtained approval from the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma. This will only be approved in extreme personnel shortages for the agency.

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  • Never licensed in Georgia, not Nationally Registered, Have an Expired Out of State EMS License

    There is no license that you are eligible for. You would need to get your license back in the other state and then apply for a Temporary license (see below).

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The following describes the different license types that are available during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, and describes how to obtain each:

  • Temporary License
    • What it is:
      • A temporary license to operate as an EMS professional in Georgia.
    • Who is eligible for it:
      • Personnel currently licensed (in good standing) as an EMS professional in another U.S. State or Territory. Personnel who have a current full NREMT certification at the EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic level may also apply. This license is also available if someone holds provisional certification from the NREMT and is unable to get a fingerprint background check because of the shelter-in-place order. 
      • Personnel previously licensed in Georgia (in good standing) as an EMS professional with a 2017, 2018, or 2019 expiration date.
    • What are the restrictions on it:
      • On an ambulance in Georgia, no more than one of the two required personnel on an ambulance may have a temporary license.
    • Notes:
      • Applicants for a Temporary License must be sponsored by an EMS Agency, Hospital, Acute Care Facility, or Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facility, or any other healthcare facility affected by COVID-19.
      • Licenses will expire on June 30, 2020, and are non-renewable.
      • You will need a residency verification form. More information is available on this page.
      • There is no fee for a Temporary License.
    • How to Apply:
      • If you have never been licensed as an EMS professional in Georgia:
        • Go to www.mygemsis.org/lms and scroll to the bottom of the page - click on Create Account - complete the requested information, and then obtain your username and password.
        • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms).
        • Click on Applications on the left, and then find the Temporary License application and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application.
      • If you have been previously licensed as an EMS professional (medic or instructor) in Georgia:
        • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms) - if you haven't logged in before, click on Forgot Username, and enter the requested information.
        • Click on Applications on the left, and then find the Temporary License application and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application.
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  • Provisional License
    • What it is:
      • An EMS personnel license that is issued 
    • Who is eligible for it:
      • Personnel who hold a provisional certification as an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic from the National Registry.
    • What are the restrictions on it:
      • No restrictions.
    • Notes:
      • Licenses will expire on December 31, 2021, and are non-renewable.
      • License application fee is $75 (credit/debit is an additional $2.75).
      • Once you obtain full certification through the NREMT, you will need to apply to convert your provisional license to a traditional license. This must be completed prior to the expiration date.
      • You will need a background check, CPR card, ACLS card (for Paramedics), and a residency verification form. More information is available on this page.
    • How to Apply:
      • If you have never been licensed as an EMS professional in Georgia:
        • Go to www.mygemsis.org/lms and scroll to the bottom of the page - click on Create Account - complete the requested information, and then obtain your username and password.
        • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms).
        • Click on Applications on the left, and then find the Provisional License application and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application.
      • If you have been previously licensed as an EMS professional (medic or instructor) in Georgia:
        • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms) - if you haven't logged in before, click on Forgot Username, and enter the requested information.
        • Click on Applications on the left, and then find the Provisional License application and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application.
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  • Reinstatement of Previously Lapsed Licenses (2017, 2018, 2019)
    • What it is:
      • Reinstatement of a previously lapsed Georgia EMS personnel license.
    • Who is eligible for it:
      • Any previously licensed medic in Georgia whose license expired in 2017, 2018, or 2019.
    • What are the restrictions on it:
      • No restrictions.
    • Notes:
      • Licenses will expire on March 31, 2022. These licenses are renewable.
      • The reinstatement option is only available until June 30, 2020.
      • License application fee is $75 (credit/debit is an additional $2.75).
      • You will need a background check, CPR card, ACLS card (for CTs and Paramedics), and a residency verification form. More information on how to do the background check and the forms for residency are available on this page.
    • How to Apply:
      • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms) - if you haven't logged in before, click on Forgot Username, and enter the requested information.
      • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms).
      • Click on Applications on the left, and then find the Medic License Reinstatement application and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application.
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  • Traditional License
    • What it is:
      • An EMS personnel license at the EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic level.
    • Who is eligible for it:
      • Persons who are currently National Registered with full certification at the EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic level.
      • Paramedic applicants who are coming from the military may also have current USSOCOM Advanced Tactical Paramedic certification.
    • What are the restrictions on it:
      • No restrictions.
    • Notes:
      • The licenses will expire the same year as your National Registry expiration date.
      • You will need a background check, CPR card, ACLS card (for Paramedics), and a residency verification form.
    • How to Apply:
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  • Reinstatement/Extension of License Expired on 3/31/2020
    • What it is:
      • This is essentially a reinstatement/extension of a medic license (EMT, EMT-I, AEMT, CT, Paramedic)
    • Who is eligible for it:
      • Persons who were in good standing on 3/31/2020, but let their license lapse.
    • What are the restrictions on it:
      • No restrictions.
    • Notes:
      • This is only available until 6/30/2020, and the license will expire on 6/30/2020.
      • Please NOTE - if your license expired on 3/31/2020, you are NOT licensed in Georgia until you late renew or extend your license. Until your license shows "Active", you are not permitted to hold yourself out as a licensed medic in Georgia.
    • How to Apply:
      • Login to LMS (www.mygemsis.org/lms).
      • Click on Applications on the left, and then find the Request for Extension of Medic License Expiration Date for COVID-19 application and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application.
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