EMS and EMT License Reciprocity

EMS personnel who are licensed or who received education and training in states and territories other than Wisconsin may be eligible for EMS licensure in Wisconsin via Reciprocity. The mission of the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is to ensure that the highest quality and standards of pre-hospital emergency medical care are available to all Wisconsin citizens and visitors. Certification or licensing provides a level of protection to Wisconsin citizens and visitors and assures that an individual holding a certificate or license has met certain minimum standards and is authorized to practice, as defined by law. Documentation and materials needed to determine license eligibility via Reciprocity are outlined below.

How to Apply

You will need to complete all of the following as part of your Reciprocity application for a Wisconsin EMS license or certificate.

  1. Create an EMS account in the Wisconsin E-Licensing system.
    • Please correctly enter your legal name and demographic information. Please make sure the email address entered in your E-Licensing account is current and that you are able to access it regularly. Our office uses the email addresses in E-Licensing to communicate with all EMS professionals. Materials will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of eligibility via email listed in your Wisconsin E-Licensing account.
  2. Complete the “Certification and Reporting” application.
    • This application is located in the "Applications" tab on your E-Licensing account. Complete this application to reflect your current CPR, ACLS, PALS and PEPP certifications to support your Wisconsin EMS application. You must hold current CPR certification at the professional level by an organization specified under Wis. Admin Code. § DHS 110.17 (1).
  3. Reciprocity applications require you to provide your current NREMT certification number for all licensure/certification levels.
    • If you do not hold current NREMT certification, you will need to obtain NREMT certification by completing the NREMT Psychomotor and NREMT Cognitive assessment examinations. Your approval to test will be granted by the state in which you currently hold EMS certification or licensure.
  4. Complete a Verification of License Form (VoL).
    • The VoL form goes to the state EMS office in each state where you are currently or were previously licensed. They will verify your licensure and good standing by completing and returning the form to us. This form is located in the "Applications" tab on E-licensing. When you click “Apply Now,” your demographic information will populate into the form, and when you click “Submit,” it will generate a PDF document for you to send to the applicable state EMS agencies.
  5. Complete a Verification of Education Form (VoE).
    • The VoE form goes to the EMS training center where you completed your highest level of initial EMS training. They will verify your education by completing and returning the form to us. This form is located in the "Applications" tab on E-licensing. When you click “Apply Now,” your demographic information will populate into the form, and when you click “Submit,” it will generate a PDF document for you to send to the applicable EMS educational facility.
  6. Be able to provide a current Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) course completion certificate.
    • To be considered “current,” this certificate must be from a training completed within 6 months of your application. If you have not taken a WMD course, we offer a free online course. You can upload that course completion certificate directly to your E-Licensing account by clicking on “My Account,” then “Documents.”
  7. Complete the Reciprocity Application.
    • This application is located in your E-Licensing account in the “Applications” tab. An administrative fee of $50 must be submitted with any reciprocity application.
  8. Be able to provide documentation if you have an arrest or conviction record, as applicable.
    • If you have an arrest or conviction record, you must include this information on your renewal application and provide the relevant documentation. DHS will determine on a case-by-case basis if arrest or conviction records are substantially related to performing the duties of an EMS professional.

Contact Information

Helen Pullen
Phone: 608-267-9777
Office Fax: 608-261-6392

Last Revised: February 26, 2021