Ambulance Driver Permit

Emergency Medical Services Program - HHD1013
Contact
Houston Health Department
Emergency Medical Services Program

7427 Park Place Blvd
Houston, TX 77087

832.393.5603
832.393.5724
8 am to 3 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Required
Renewal
Not Required
Fee
$118.91
Admin fee
$29.72
Valid Period
2 years
Processing Time
15 minutes

About

When driving an ambulance in the City of Houston you must have an ambulance driver permit. This applies to transports that originated from outside of the City limits as well.

HFD employees, employees of any other fire department, or employees of 911 service providers are not exempt from obtaining a City of Houston ambulance driver permit when driving a private ambulance within the City of Houston.

After Approval

The Ambulance Driver's permit shall be valid for 2 years. No grace period is given for expired ambulance driver permits.

In the field ambulances are subject to spot inspections by City of Houston health officers. Refusing a spot inspection will result in enforcement action.

Conditions & Exceptions

If a driver doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, including if they have 6 points or more on their driving record, their application will be rejected.

Additional Resources
Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • An Ambulance driver permit application
  • Notarized employee and employer forms
  • Photocopy of valid Texas driver's license (Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.)
  • Copy (front and back) of a valid Texas Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
  • Method of payment
  • Original three-year certified motor vehicle record from Texas Department of Public Safety 
  • No pending violation(s) related to the City of Houston Ambulance
Apply in Person

Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to:

7427 Park Place Blvd
Houston, TX 77087

Apply by Mail

Mail the completed application, supporting documents and payment to:

City of Houston - EMS Program
7427 Park Place Blvd
Houston, TX 77087

What You Need

In the field ambulances are subject to spot inspections by City of Houston health officers. Refusing a spot inspection will result in enforcement action.

Ambulance drivers must carry on them their City of Houston ambulance driver’s permit, State EMS certification, and driver's license when driving an ambulance in the City of Houston. Failure to present a valid driver’s permit to the health officer will result in enforcement action.

Ambulance attendants must carry on them their State EMS certification and driver license or government issued ID when working on an ambulance in the City of Houston.

Refusal to provide identification and credentials during a spot inspection will result in enforcement action and a TDSHS complaint being submit.

During a spot inspection if an ambulance is missing a piece of essential equipment, and the ambulance crew is found to be responsible for maintaining this equipment, the driver and/or attendant is liable to receive enforcement action.