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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.


EMS Education Email Address Update
Please note that the email address EMSCompliance_Central@dshs.texas.gov is being deactivated and will not be monitored after September 1, 2019.  For questions regarding EMS education  programs contact the EMS Education Unit at EMSEducation@dshs.texas.gov.

FY 2017 Uncompensated Trauma Care Fund Distribution – June 2019
(July 3, 2019)

FY 2016 Uncompensated Trauma Care Fund Distribution - July 2018
(July 17, 2018)

EMS Provider Summer Heat Precaution
(June 1, 2018)

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) 

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

EMS/Trauma System Organization
(January 7, 2015)

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Last updated September 30, 2019