skip to content

It's a New Day in Public Health.

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

skip to content

EMS Rules and Statutes

Contact the Florida Department of Health

In 1973, the Florida Legislature encouraged the development and maintenance of a total delivery system of emergency medical services for the purpose of protecting and enhancing the health, welfare and safety of all citizens of the state.  Toward that end, the Emergency Medical Services Section was established by authority of Chapter 401, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 64J-1, Florida Administrative Code

Current Rules in Revision

  • 64J-2.001 – 64J-2.005

     PURPOSE AND EFFECT:  Review these rules and amend rule language as necessary to ensure that all rules conform to statutory requirements and delete unnecessary and obsolete language.  The department intends to update trauma rule definitions and prehospital requirements for trauma care and adult and pediatric trauma scoring methodologies. The Department is considering repealing sections 64J-2.003, 64J-2.004, and 64J-2.005 and adopting the CDC Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients, Recommendation of the National Expert Panel on Field Triage, 2011, as the trauma scoring system. RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP DOCUMENTS (PRELIMINARY DRAFT):

    RULE STATUS:  The department is currently in the process of analyzing feedback from a rule development workshop held on March 9, 2016.

    For assistance please contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2773 or email
  • 64J-1.001 - 64J-1.010; 64J-1.012; 64J-1.014; 64J-1.019; 64J-1.020; 64J-1.0201; 64J-1.0202

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect is to amend rule language as part of the agency’s rule line reduction initiative, including the initiative to remove outdated obsolete and unnecessary rule language and update rule forms. Additionally, for some of the rule sections, amendment is required to implement Fla. Session Law 2013-128, related to training standards.

  • Rule Text

    For assistance please contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2773 or email

    RULE STATUS: The Department is in the process of reviewing the record of rulemaking and comments from the rule hearing held on March 25, 2016,  for possible text changes.

  • 64J-1.007 Vehicle Permits

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: Review the rule language pertaining to United States General Services Administration (GSA) –KKK-1822, Federal Specifications for Ambulances as mandated by Section 401.35(1)(d), F.S., applicable to the year of the manufacture of the vehicle.

    RULE TEXT: None available at this time

    RULE STATUS: The department is currently in the process of gathering and analyzing data to complete a Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC). 

    For assistance please contact by phone at (850) 245-4440, extension 2773 or email

Declaratory Statements

Pursuant to Chapter 120.565, F.S., a substantially affected person may submit a petition for a declaratory statement from an agency regarding the agency's opinion as to the applicability of a statutory provision, rule, or order of that agency.

Variances and Waivers

 Pursuant to Chapter 120.542, F.S. variances and waivers shall be granted when the person subject to the rule demonstrates that the purpose of the underlying statute will be or has been achieved by other means by the person and when application of a rule would create a substantial hardship or would violate principles of fairness. For purposes of this section, “substantial hardship” means a demonstrated economic, technological, legal, or other type of hardship to the person requesting the variance or waiver. For purposes of this section, “principles of fairness” are violated when the literal application of a rule affects a particular person in a manner significantly different from the way it affects other similarly situated persons who are subject to the rule.

If you wish to submit a petition for a declaratory statement or a variance waiver, please submit the petition with the set of circumstances and the specific statue, rule, or order that applies to those circumstances to:

                                           Agency Clerk's Office
                                           Department of Health
                                           4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A02
                                           Tallahassee, FL 32399

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

To view, print or edit some of the files on this page may require Adobe Acrobat.