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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Notice: Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information as it is made available on the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 web page at  dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.  

COVID-19 EMS Information April 6, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 state of disaster in Texas, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requested and the Office of the Governor granted EMS waivers and extensions. 

COVID-19 Facility Designation Information Updated May 12, 2021

Due to postponement of onsite reviews, and increased demands on hospitals due to COVID-19, facilities may consider requesting an extension to their designation expiration date. Please review the guidance document and contact our office at DSHS.EMS-TRAUMA@dshs.texas.gov.    

COVID-19 EMS Education Programs Information Updated July 29, 2020

Texas EMS Educational Programs may employ a broader array of approaches to determine competency. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/COVID-19 Resources

For Regional Advisory Council (RAC) contacts for additional personal protective equipment (PPE)/COVID-19 Resources please view contact list

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.  


Texas EMS Peer Referral Program Begins April 1, 2020

Attention EMS Personnel, EMS Providers and EMS Educators

The following individuals are required to submit an application/form before completing the fingerprint process:

If you are currently licensed or certified and have not completed the fingerprint-based background check, you are required to be fingerprinted prior to renewing. Please schedule your appointment through IdentoGO using DSHS’ code at https://uenroll.identogo.com/. To request the fingerprint service code, please email emscert@dshs.texas.govClick here to download a list of all EMS certificate/license holders that have already completed a fingerprint based background check for DSHS EMS.

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


Last updated May 12, 2021