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Welcome to the home page of the DSHS program that regulates EMS and trauma systems in Texas. This website contains information about EMS certification and licensure, trauma designation, how to contact us and more.



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Attention EMS Personnel, EMS Providers and EMS Educators:

The DPS crime records service and DSHS has changed from the FAST fingerprint form to a new Texas Fingerprint Service Code Form for criminal background checks. 

DSHS has noticed an increase in personnel completing fingerprints for their criminal background check before they have filed an application with DSHS. EMS personnel must submit an application for EMS Certification/licensure, Criminal History Pre-Screen Petition, or an Administrator of Record (AOR) form before completing the fingerprint process.  Completing fingerprints without submitting an application and/or AOR form to DSHS will cause a delay in processing your application.


A public hearing notice for Friday, September 9, 2016, from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm regarding the proposed Emergency Medical Services rules, posted in the Texas Register on August 12, 2016. 
(August 22, 2016) 

The Proposed EMS Rules have been published in the Texas Register dated August 12, 2016. Comments may be accepted through Monday, September 12, 2016 and submitted to Joseph Schmider at Joseph.Schmider@dshs.state.tx.us.
(August 16, 2016)

Free Medical Director's Online Course Offered Until August 2016
(January 14, 2016)

Guidance for EMS Providers Seeking Patient Health Outcome or Emergency Department Data from Hospitals
(December 1, 2015)

FY 2015 Uncompensated Trauma Care Fund Distribution
(September 4, 2015)

EMS/Trauma System Organization
(January 7, 2015)

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Last updated August 22, 2016