I hold a National Registry Certification

The Office of Emergency Medical Services recognizes all current National Registry certifications for reciprocity.

Anyone who is coming into Virginia’s EMS system with a current National Registry certification will be required to complete an Application for Reciprocity and mail copies of EMS credentials to the Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education of the Office of EMS.

If already certified with the National Registry, you should not enroll in an initial certification program at the same level of your current certification.

You will be required to have the following documentation in a digital format in order to make your application for reciprocity. A current:

  • National Registry certification card
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card
  • Driver’s license or U.S. Passport

Candidates for reciprocity must complete an online application and submit digital copies of EMS credentials to the Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education of the Office of EMS.  Please do not begin the online application process until you have gathered all the necessary documentation in order to prevent your application from timing out.  A Quick Guide for How to Apply can be found by clicking here.

Individuals seeking reciprocity should familiarize themselves with how to maintain their Virginia certification.  Please click here to see Virginia’s recertification process.

For questions about reciprocity email Ms. Toni Twyman (toni.twyman@vdh.virginia.gov).

An FBI fingerprint background check is REQUIRED in order for your application to be processed.  Please click on the “FBI Background” button below for steps on how to complete this requirement.