Licensure

This page is designed to assist our EMS Personnel and their Agency Coordinators with provider LICENSURE and RENEWAL. There is also information to assist our graduates with obtaining their Illinois license. NEW INFORMATION ON STATE LICENSURE BELOW FOR PARAMEDIC CLASS GRADUATES.

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:
IDPH has their own website. 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.


Illinois transitioned from a State licensing exam to the NR Exam 4/1/2020. EMT and Paramedic students must successfully complete a National Registry Exam to obtain an Illinois license. NATIONAL REGISTRY: NREMT.ORG

IDPH issued a memo December 10th, 2021 stating: 

Effective immediately, any Paramedic student successfully completing a course for paramedic licensure may be licensed in Illinois after passing the written portion of the National Registry Examination. The Division of EMS will be waiving the requirements in Section 515.530(b) of the EMS Administrative Code for the National Registry Psychomotor portion for Illinois licensure until further notice.
All EMS systems and education programs who want their students to only take the written portion of the National Registry exam are required to develop and provide a final psychomotor examination to all paramedic students. The psychomotor exam shall meet equivalent standards as the National Registry Psychomotor examination.
Each student must receive written instructions for the requirements, prior to the end of the class, that to obtain National Registry certification they must take the NR psychomotor exam. In addition, the student must be informed in writing that if they only take the cognitive portion of the NR exam, then they cannot be National Registry Certified at the Paramedic level without completion of an official National Registry recognized psychomotor examination at an approved site.
EMS Systems must verify that the individual has successfully passed the written portion of the NREMT Paramedic examination prior to submission of a transaction card to the IDPH Division of EMS for licensure processing. All necessary documentation must be submitted with the T-card to prevent delays in licensing.



IDPH created this
 NREMT to IL License Flow Chart to outline the difference between a Nationally Registered out-of-state applicant applying for reciprocity vs a recent EMT/Paramedic class graduate that just passed the NR exam. Please read the additional information below as this flow chart DOES NOT contain System specific requirements.

If you successfully completed the National Registry exam remember you still have to file paperwork with the System that trained you and pay for your Illinois EMT or PARAMEDIC license before your Illinois license can be processed and before you can begin working as such. A NR certificate is not a license to work in Illinois. YOU MUST POSSESS AN ILLINOIS EMT OR PARAMEDIC LICENSE TO WORK AS AN EMT OR PARAMEDIC IN ILLINOIS.

STUDENTS THAT HAVE COMPLETED A PARAMEDIC CLASS must successfully complete the National Registry “NR” exam before applying for an Illinois license. Silver Cross EMSS follows NR psychomotor equivalent standards for their in-course psychomotor exams, therefore per the 12/10/2021 IDPH memo referenced above, our paramedic graduates who successfully complete the NR-Paramedic cognitive exam are eligible to apply for an IDPH Paramedic license. Once a student passes the NR cognitive only exam and has verification of such, they must still complete the additional steps outlined below under “PARAMEDIC / EMT GRADUATES INITIAL LICENSURE VIA NR EXAM” to become licensed in Illinois.  ONLY THE SYSTEM THAT TRAINS YOU MAY LICENSE YOU! Upon completion of the steps below, the paramedic student will receive an IDPH PARAMEDIC license just like any other IDPH Paramedic license. If a student that passed the NR cognitive exam only, wishes to obtain a full NR certification (so they may use it for moving out of state), they must complete a NR psychomotor exam through National Registry per NR’s timeline. Whether the student decides to complete the NR psychomotor exam has no baring on the Illinois license once the Illinois license is issued. These are 2 separate entities. It is not required to keep/continue a NR certification to maintain an Illinois license.

PARAMEDIC / EMT GRADUATES INITIAL LICENSURE VIA NR EXAM:
1.
Once you have successfully completed the National Registry Exam, you must submit the 5 > items below (AS PDF ATTACHMENTS) to your program’s EMS System (Silver Cross graduates email mzanelli@silvercross.org) to apply for an Illinois license:
> IDPH Personal History/Renewal Notice Form
> Copy of National Registry Certificate or NR Cognitive Exam pass result
> Copy of current BLS HCP CPR Card
> Copy of Driver’s License (use full legal name on all documents)
2. The System will submit your paperwork electronically to IDPH who will generate your licensure instruction email with your unique PIN # instructing you to log into IDPH online to pay your fee so your license will print. Once you have your IDPH emailed PIN and instructions for payment click here: IDPH Fee Payment to pay your fee.
3. Once you have paid your fee, wait about 10 minutes then click on the “IDPH LICENSE LOOK-UP link on the top of this page to view your IDPH license.
4. The last step to start working is to test into an EMS System. Graduates are not automatically enrolled into the System and must complete the System entry process for the System they will be working in. Contact your fire department or ambulance service EMS Coordinator to start the System entry process.

  IDPH Initial License Fee IDPH License Renewal Fee
EMT $45 $20
AEMT/EMT-I $45 $30
Paramedic $60 $40
EMR (FR) $55 $20
EMD $30 $20
ECRN $55 $20
PHRN $30 $20

EMR / EMD / PHRN INITIAL LICENSURE VIA SYSTEM EXAM:
1. If you successfully completed an IDPH approved, System taught EMR, EMD, or PHRN course and want an Illinois license, you will need to follow the instructions given to you at the end of your class by your Lead Instructor. ECRN applicants please see the ECRN page for details.
2. The course lead instructor is required to assist every student with licensure paperwork prior to graduation. EMD and EMR instructors must submit all required paperwork for the entire class all at one time. PHRN instructors may submit the required paperwork individually as students will complete requirements at different times. The below required licensure paperwork is to be emailed (AS PDF ATTACHMENTS) to the System EMS Operations Coordinator (who processes all licensures for the System):
> Certificate of class completion with course name and dates, student name, and approved IDPH site code.
> IDPH Personal History/Renewal Notice Blank Form
*** NOTE FOR WILL COUNTY EMDs ONLY: WC911 may submit a check payable to IDPH for the amount listed above with the required paperwork if preferred.
3. The System will submit your paperwork electronically to IDPH who will generate your licensure instruction email with your unique PIN # instructing you to log into IDPH online to pay your fee so your license will print. Once you have your IDPH emailed PIN and instructions for payment click here: IDPH Fee Payment to pay your fee.
4. Once you have paid your fee online, wait about 10 minutes then click on the “IDPH LICENSE LOOK-UP link on the top of this page to view your IDPH license.
5. The last step to start working is to test into an EMS System. Graduates are not automatically enrolled into the System and must complete the System entry process for the System they will be working in. Contact your employer (hospital, dispatch center, fire department or ambulance service) EMS Coordinator to start the System entry process.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR INITIAL LICENSURE VIA NAEMSE COURSE:
If you successfully completed a NAEMSE LEAD INSTRUCTOR LEVEL 1 course and want an Illinois license, you will need to follow the instructions below. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SYSTEM WILL ONLY PROCESS LEAD INSTRUCTOR LICENSES FOR INSTRUCTORS TEACHING CLASSES FOR OUR SYSTEM AGENCIES OR OUR OWN SYSTEM CLASSES.
1. Submit the below required licensure paperwork via email to the System EMS Operations Coordinator (who processes all licensures for the System):
> NAEMSE LEAD INSTRUCTOR LEVEL 1 Certificate.
> IDPH Personal History/Renewal Notice Blank Form
Copy of current BLS HCP CPR card
>
1-pg list of all of the courses you’ve taught in the past 2 years (class title, location, etc)
2. The System will submit your paperwork electronically to IDPH who will process your paperwork then generate your licensure instruction email with your unique PIN # instructing you to log into IDPH online to pay your fee so your license will print.
3. Once you have your IDPH emailed PIN and instructions for payment click here: IDPH Fee Payment to pay your fee.
4. Once you have paid your fee online, wait about 10 minutes then click on the “IDPH LICENSE LOOK-UP link on the top of this page to view your IDPH license.


LICENSE RENEWAL:
SCEMSS requires the following CE hours to renew:
– A miminum of 100 hours every 4 years for Paramedic and PHRN
– A minimum of 80 hours every 4 years for EMT-I/A-EMT
– A minimum of 60 hours every 4 years for EMT
– A minimum of 24 hours every 4 years for EMR
– A minimum of 48 hours every 4 years for EMD
– A minimum of 40 hours every 4 years for LI

RULES TO LIVE BY WHEN IT COMES TO KEEPING YOUR LICENSE:
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.

  • 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.
  • Pay your license fee online at the IDPH WEBSITE to avoid delays caused by mailing in check payments
  • When renewing online with IDPH you will be asked to enter OUR “System Number Code” of 0710.
    If Silver Cross is NOT your primary System, find your primary EMS System’s “System Number Code” here: 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.
  • Complete the IDPH Personal History Statement/Child Support/Felony conviction FORM. 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 next paragraph.

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 duplicate license fee to IDPH 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 a full NREMT or NREMTP certificate from NREMT or out of state EMT or Paramedic license, 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.


Forms and Policies relating to CE, Licensing and Renewal

EMT Relicensure Policy (200-5) with CE Recommendations REV 2/21
EMT-I/AEMT Relicensure Policy (200-6) with CE Recommendations REV 2/21
Paramedic/PHRN Relicensure Policy (200-7) with CE Recommendations REV 2/21

PHRN Policy (200-4) See Policy 200-7 for CE Recommendations

ECRNs: Visit the ECRN page

EMR (aka FR) Relicensure Policy (200-18) REV 2/21

Lead Instructor Policy (200-17) (includes licensure info) REV 10/21
Please note:  Illinois has very specific requirements for Lead Instructors with respect to time, experience, and a recommendation from an EMS System.  Prospective registrants must review the Lead Instructor policy BEFORE signing up for a class. IDPH also has strict requirements for renewal that now requires ADDITIONAL/SEPARATE LEAD INSTRUCTOR SPECIFIC CE. Silver Cross Lead Instructors must complete Lead Instructor specific CE on our System’s Moodle CE site. The Silver Cross Lead Instructor Moodle CE requires a password that may only be obtained from the SCEMSS Operations Coordinator. All other Region VII Lead Instructors should visit the Region VII EMS website’s CE Opportunities page for a list of available Lead Instructor Specific CE. 

EMD Policy (200-19) (includes relicensure info) REV 2/21

Mandatory CE Policy (200-20)

Methods of CE Submission Policy (200-8)
Acceptable CE and Validation Standards Policy (200-16)
Blank CME Form (Log Sheet) CE Sheet to log hours
Training Program Application Form (Site-Code request)

For other less commonly used IDPH forms visit the IDPH WEBSITE. Please review the System policy before applying as these requests have strict guidelines.
IDPH Extension Request Application – Used for a one-time 6 month license extension
IDPH Inactive Request – Used to place license on temporary Inactive status within same license period
IDPH Reactivation Request – Only used if license has expired 3-36 months & seeking to reactivate

INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS (not actively with an EMS System) may access renewal information on the IDPH website. Review the following documents:
EMS Independent Renewal
EMS License Renewal Brochure
EMS Renewal Notice
For more information as an Independent contact IDPH at dph.emtlic@illinois.gov or 217-785-2080 to obtain your IDPH Regional Coordinator’s contact information.

Independents: check out Bound Tree University for free online EMS CE at https://www.boundtree.com/university/free-online-ceus 

For more information regarding licensure or renewal in the Silver Cross EMS System, please contact the SCEMSS Operations Coordinator for assistance.