Massachusetts to Issue Temporary EMT Certifications

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In accordance with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s declared State of Emergency in the Commonwealth to respond to COVID-19, the Commissioner of Public Health has ordered that certain healthcare providers certified in other states, or previously holding Massachusetts certification may apply and be issued temporary certifications to practice in Massachusetts.

MDPH/OEMS will review and verify your eligibility for certification. Only those candidates who meet alleligibility requirements will be eligible for this temporary certification. Applications will be returned to those candidates who are not eligible for certification.

There is no fee for this application or temporary certification. Current National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) certification is NOT required.

At the expiration of the temporary period, certifications issued under this order will no longer be valid. Individuals who were given temporary EMT certification who then wish to become fully EMT certified must follow the standard process and meet all requirements for certification.


In accordance with the March 29, 2020 order maximizing health care provider availability, the Department may issue certification to:

  • Health care providers who are currentlylicensed/certified in another state in good standing, upon verification the other state’s credential is in good standing; or,
  • Individuals who have held Massachusetts EMT certification previously, which has expired within the past ten years.

Click here to download the form.

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