Emergency medical responder, primary care paramedic, advanced care paramedic, infant transport team and critical care paramedic licences are valid for five years. First responder licences are valid for three years. If your licence has expired, you are no longer licensed to practice in British Columbia, please see the Licence Applications page for information on licence reinstatements. This applies to all categories of licence. To renew your licence, follow the steps below for your licence level.
A photograph is a mandatory requirement for all licensees licensed at the emergency medical responder, primary care paramedic, advanced care paramedic, infant transport team and critical care paramedic levels. If you are a first responder, photos are optional at this time.
- The photo must be saved in the .jpeg format
- Eyes must be open and clearly visible. Glasses, including tinted ones with prescription, may be worn as long as the eyes are clearly visible. Sunglasses are unacceptable.
- Photo must show a full front view of the face with both edges of the face showing clearly. The face and shoulders must be centered in the photo and squared to the camera.
- The image must be clear, sharp and in focus.
- Photos should be taken against a plain, uniform, white or light-coloured background.
- Hats or head coverings are not permitted except when worn for religious reasons and only if the full facial features are clearly visible.
- Colour photos are required.
- Photos must have been taken within the last 12 months.
Paramedic Licence Renewals
Your licence expiry date is located on the front of your licence. In addition, the Emergency Medical Assistants Continuing Competence System displays a countdown to licence expiry each time you log into the system.
You will receive a reminder email three months before your licence expires. The reminder email will be sent to the email address you provided to the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch. If you have not provided a current email address to the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch, you will not receive the reminder.
Please send all your licence renewal documents to the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch at least two weeks before the expiry date of your licence. This will allow time for processing, issuing and mailing of your licence.
To renew your licence, follow these steps:
- Complete and electronically submit an Application for EMA Licence form.
- Provide us with a colour photo that is less than one year old. You can attach a digital colour photo to the application for licence form or printed photos can be mailed to our office.
- Pay the applicable $50 licence renewal fee. If you work for the BC Ambulance Service, your fee will be invoiced to the BC Emergency Health Services Corporation if the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch receives your application form and photo before your licence expires. (BC Ambulance Service employees can complete the application for licence form by using the pay later option at the bottom of the application for licence form).
How to Pay your Licence Fees
Licence Fees can be paid using the following methods:
- Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, or American Express,
- Cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance, including your full name, licence level and current mailing address.
Regular mail to:
Or courier to:
- Cash, in person at the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch only (do not mail cash).
First Responder Licence Renewals
First responder licences are valid for three years.
Before your licence expires, you may either take the full course as a refresher before taking exams or challenge the exams without taking the course. If your licence has expired, you are no longer licensed to practice as an emergency medical assistant. To have your licence reinstated you must complete the licence renewal process.
To renew your licence, follow these steps:
- Once training (if taken) and exams are complete, your evaluator submits your course results to the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch and your training agency.
- Complete and electronically submit the Application for Licence form. If you would like a photo on your licence, provide us with a colour photo that is less than one year old. You can attach a digital colour photo to the application for licence form or printed photos can be mailed to our office.
- Once both the course results and an application for licence form have been received the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch will process your licence.
If you are unable to complete the relicensing requirements prior to your licence expiring, you may apply for a 60 day extension of your licence if
- Special circumstances exist, and
- You make a request before licence expires.
If your licence has been lost, stolen etc., you can request a replacement licence by completing the Replacement Licence Form.