Emergency medical responder (EMR) registration

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Initial EMR registration
If you wish to render assistance as an EMR in Colorado, you may apply for voluntary registration. Colorado issues a 3-year registration to first-time EMRs whose applications are approved by the department. Those who have never been registered in Colorado as an EMR are called initial applicants.
Application steps
Initial applicants for Colorado EMR registration, must first:
  1. Complete a full EMR training course.
  2. Gain a NREMT registration by passing both NREMT exams (written and psychomotor).
  3. Create an OATH account to apply for registration.
  4. Within your OATH account, find the "Emergency Medical Responder - Initial".
  5. Submit a fingerprint-based background check to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
    1. Download the instructions for obtaining your fingerprint-based background check.
  6. Wait for the fingerprint sample to be processed.
  7. The department will receive the fingerprinting results from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
    1. The results will be added to your submitted OATH application for further processing.
  8. The department will process the application and notify the applicant of any errors or issues.
  9. Once approved the department will email the applicant with instructions on viewing their Colorado EMR registration.
Application requirements
Applicants for Colorado EMR registration should gather the following prior to applying:
  • A fingerprint-based background check submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
  • A valid NREMT number.
  • An image of your current and valid CPR card.
  • An image of your lawful presence document such as a driver license or passport.
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Renewal EMR registration

Submit an application for EMR registration

Emergency medical responders in Colorado may renew their state registration every three years. EMRs who are within six (6) months of their registration expiration date are eligible to apply for renewal EMR registration. Colorado accepts a current valid NREMT number as proof of the required continuing education. EMRs who are not registered with the NREMT can renew their registration using the state renewal method. The state renewal method requires EMS providers to:

  • During the 3 year registration period, an EMR must complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education (CE).  The CE must be approved by a department-recognized education program. 
    The 12 hours are comprised of the following:
    1 hour of preparatory content;
    2 hours of airway assessment and management;
    2 hours of patient assessment;
    3 hours of circulation topics;
    3 hours of illness and injury topics; and
    1 hour of childbirth and pediatric topics.
    • During the renewal process, an EMR's skills must be attested to by a medical director or a department-recognized education program.
  • Log on to your OATH account and apply for renewal registration (all renewal applicants have an account).
  • Specify a Colorado recognized EMR education program to verify your continuing education within your OATH application.

Continuing education may be obtained from various sources, but you must contact and choose one recognized program to verify your continuing education. Use the links below to find a Colorado EMR education program authorized by the department to verify continuing education.

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