EMS Provider - Expired License

A licensed provider that fails to renew their license by their license expiration date may not represent, function as or perform the duties of a certified first responder or licensed EMT after the date of license expiration.

According to DHS 110.05 (2), a person acting or advertising as an EMT or first responder without a license or certificate issued by the department or without appropriate credentialing may be subject to department action under sub ch. V or s. 256.15 (11) (c), (d), or (f), Stats., as applicable.

Navigate to the Late Renewal / Reinstatement page for detailed information and processes.

If you need assistance, please contact the Wisconsin EMS Office dhsemssmail@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Late Renewal 

During the first six months after license expiration, an EMT license or First Responder certificate can be renewed by submitting the following to the EMS Section:

  • An electronic application through Wisconsin E-Licensing.
  • Information on current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification (at the professional rescuer level) and ACLS certification (for EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic levels)
  • Proof of successful completion of the required refresher training for the level of licensure
  • An administrative fee of $50 must be submitted for any late renewal application received between 07/01/2016 and 12/31/2016
  • Any other documentation which is deemed necessary to prove eligibility for a license
  • Once a license or certificate is approved, the applicant must submit a Local Credentialing Agreement though Wisconsin E-Licensing.

Late renewal of a First Responder certificate or EMT license through this method does not exempt the EMT from taking the required refresher training to renew their license for the next renewal period.

If you need assistance, please contact the WI EMS Office dhsemssmail@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Reinstatement of an Expired License 

Starting January 1, 2017, all 2016-2018 EMS Provider Licenses not renewed will transition to Reinstatement status DHS 110.09 (2). As of January 1, 2017, you will need to fulfill the following to regain your certification or license:

  • Complete a Provider Reinstatement form in your E-Licensing account.
  • Provide evidence of continuing education for the previous renewal cycle (2016-2018).
  • $75.00 reinstatement fee.
  • Complete an assessment exam (written and practical) through the National Registry of EMTs. Each person must have an approval letter from the Wisconsin EMS Office prior taking the exam.
  • Proof of successful completion of the NREMT assessment exam (written and practical).


If you have not reinstated your license by June 30, 2018, your license will lapse. You will be required to complete an initial course of training to obtain a certificate or license (DHS 110.09).

If you have questions, please contact the Wisconsin EMS Office dhsemssmail@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Last Revised: June 29, 2016