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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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Emergency Guidance Regarding Professional and Business License and Certification Renewal Applications in Texas Counties Under The Governor’s Disaster Declaration

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor temporarily suspended all necessary DSHS statutes and rules pertaining to professional and business license or certification renewal applications, including the suspension of any late fees related to renewal for a period not to exceed 90 days for those programs that are listed below. 

The effects of this suspension are to:

  1. Waive any required late fees related to renewal for a period not to exceed 90 days; and
  2. Extend the term of any professional and business license listed below for a period of not more than 90 days to allow license/certificate holders affected by Hurricane Harvey time to submit the appropriate documentation and renewal fee. 

The Declaration is for:

Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, De Witt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Patricio, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton , Willacy, and Wilson Counties. 

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires, whichever comes first.

The current status of a license may also be verified online.


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.



News/Features


Update on FY16 Uncompensated Trauma Care fund
The Office of EMS/Trauma System is working on the close out of state fiscal year 2016 Uncompensated Trauma Care Fund for eligible hospitals. We recognize this is taking longer than it has in past years and appreciate your patience with this process.  No action is required by any hospital to complete this process. 
(November 6, 2017)

FY18 EMS Allotment/Allocation Eligibility
(August 3, 2017)

DSHS Drug Shortage Statement
(July 19, 2017)

Submission of Patient Care Records (PCRs) to the Texas Trauma Registry
(May 9, 2017)

2016 Report on Emergency Medical Services Complaints and Investigation (PDF 440KB)
(December 19, 2016)

FY17 Uncompensated Trauma Care Funding Application
(October 3, 2016) 

FY 2015 Uncompensated Trauma Care Fund Distribution- August 2016
(September 21, 2016)

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

EMS/Trauma System Organization
(January 7, 2015)

More News/Features

 


Last updated December 4, 2017