Legal Recognition for N.C. EMS Credentials

If you are applying for the military equivalency credential, click here for the application

Applicants currently holding EMS licenses/certifications from another state, or a National Registry certification, may be issued a North Carolina EMS credential through the legal recognition process. If you are currently registered to take a North Carolina EMS exam, you do not have to apply for legal recognition.

Below are the steps for completing the online portion of the Legal Recognition process.

  1. Please create your CONTINUUM profile. The site will open in another window so you can still see the instructions.

  2. Select "Create Account," (upper right hand corner) and fill in all of the information that is required.

  3. Click on your name (upper right hand corner) and click the down arrow and choose "My Personnel View", scroll down to Legal Recognition and click the + to request Legal Recognition, fill out all of the information required.

  4. After you have applied for legal recognition online, you will receive an email with an acknowledgement containing the information that is required. All information that is completed can be faxed to 919-733-7021, submitted to the responding email, emailed to, or mailed to:

    Attn: Legal Recognition
    2707 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-2707

When you apply for legal recognition online, there are several status changes that occur during this process. Below are definitions to assist you with your progress.

For further questions or concerns, you can send an email to

NC Office of Emergency Medical Services