EMS: Criminal History and Drivers License Suspension Specific Instructions
Criminal History and Driver's License Revocation Issues
The Fair Employment Act (Wis. Stat. § 111.31 - 111.335) prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of conviction or arrest record unless the circumstances of the conviction or arrest substantially relate to the circumstances of the particular job or licensed activity. Under the Act, it is not employment discrimination on the basis of conviction or arrest record to refuse to license or certify, or to suspend or revoke a license or certificate, if the circumstances of the conviction or arrest substantially relate to the circumstances of the particular licensed activity. The information requested below is used to determine whether a certificate/license should be granted, approved with limitations or denied. The information you provide may be verified against criminal information records. Failure to provide requested information will be considered an incomplete application.
If you answer "yes" to any criminal history question or have any convictions or pending criminal charges, you must submit the following information for each conviction/offense/charge. Please do not provide photographs of documents. You will need to scan and upload documents into your "Documents" tab in E-Licensing, found under the "My Account" section:
- Criminal/formal complaint – available from the Clerk of Courts in the county you were convicted.
- Judgment of Conviction – available from the Clerk of Courts in the county in which you were convicted.
- If currently under supervision, verification of current compliance with supervision. If supervision is complete, verification of discharge from probation/parole.
- Verification of compliance with all terms of your court order, including chemical dependency assessment if ordered by the court.
- A current copy of your driver's license abstract is available from the Department of Transportation. You can download a PDF version of your driving record using the Department of Transportation’s online application. You can also purchase and receive your record by U.S. postal mail by completing a Vehicle/Driver Record Information Request, MV2896, and mailing it with the appropriate fee to:
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 799
Madison, WI 53707-7995
- If you have received a deferred prosecution agreement, provide signed copies of the agreement.
- If you have received a conviction where your record was expunged, provide the documentation for the expungement.
- If the Clerk of Courts in the municipality or county where your criminal history issues occurred no longer has the records, you will need to provide an official letter to the EMS office from the municipality/county court system indicating the records are no longer available.
Adhering to the processes as described above will assure a timely response to your application. Please be aware that due to the length and complexity of some criminal history issues, it may not always be possible to give an immediate decision and we may need to confer with our legal council regarding the final decision.
If you were looking for information about the training permit that is required to become a legal member of the crew for a EMT Basic licensed service, please go to the EMT Basic Training Permit webpage.
Important Licensing Information
According to Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 110.54(9), if a person has an arrest or conviction history substantially related to the performance of duties as an EMS professional, that may be a reason for an enforcement action against their application or license.
Go to E-Licensing.
Please email the Wisconsin EMS Office with any questions.