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.

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

    Available Georgia License Option(s):

    • Traditional GA EMS License
    • What it is:
      • An EMS personnel license at the EMT-R, EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic level.
    • Who is eligible for it:
      • Persons who are currently National Registered with full certification at the EMR, 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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  • Currently Licensed EMS Professional in another member state of the EMS Compact (www.emscompact.gov)

    Available Georgia License Option(s):

    • Temporary Compact EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic License
      • A person who holds a current EMS license in
        good standing, including remote state privilege to practice, in another member state of the Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice (“Compact”).
      • Temporary Compact License is not renewable and shall not be valid for longer than 120 days from the date of issuance.
    • 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 EMS Compact State.
    • What are the restrictions on it:
      • A person may not be issued more than one Temporary Compact License at the same level of licensure.
      • Temporary Compact License not renewable and shall not be valid for longer than 120 days from the date of issuance.
      • No more than one of the two required personnel on an ambulance may have a temporary license.
    • Notes:
      • 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 Compact License application for the appropriate level 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 Compact License application for the appropriate level and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application.

     

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  • Georgia Medic License Expiring on 3/31/2022

    This will require you to complete the Georgia Medic Renewal Application. 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 Georgia Medic Renewal application and click Apply Now. Follow the instructions on the application. You will need to pay the license application fee, and upload your continuing education hours to your education report prior to completing the renewal application. 
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  • Previously Licensed EMS Professional in Georgia with an expiration date of 2019, 2020 or 2021, who Lapsed-Failed to Renew. (Deadline to submit application is May 27, 2022)

    Available Georgia License Option(s):

    • Medic License Reinstatement 
      • The deadline to submit an application is May 27, 2022
    • What it is:
      • Reinstatement of a previously lapsed Georgia EMS personnel license.
    • Who is eligible for it:
      • Any previously licensed medic in Georgia who possessed a non-provisional and non-temporary medic license and that was in good standing when the license lapsed for failure to renew in 2019, 2020, or 2021.
    • What are the restrictions on it:
      • No restrictions.
    • Notes:
      • Licenses will expire on March 31, 2024. These licenses are renewable.
      • 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.
      • 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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  • Previously Licensed EMS Professional in Georgia with an expiration date prior to 2019

    Anyone with a previous Georgia license that expired before 2019 will have to obtain their National Registry and apply for a new Georgia license.

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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 since you are not Nationally Registered or you have an expired out-of-state license. 

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  • Graduated an EMS Program but not certified with NREMT as an EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic

    If you have not passed your NREMT Cognitive and Psychomotor Exam, there is no available option for you to function as a licensed EMS professional in Georgia. If you have a license from an EMS Compact state, please see the information above. 

     

     

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  • Not completed an initial education program at the EMR, 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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