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License Application Fees

In order to apply for or renew a license that is issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), applicants must choose the appropriate application in the Educator Licensing Online (ELO).  The corresponding fee will automatically be added.  Our current application fees are:

  • Special Education Program Aide: $100
  • Initial and Professional Educator (in-state or renewal): $125
  • Initial and Professional Educator One-Year Nonrenewable Extension: $125
  • Emergency License/Permit: $100*
  • Charter: $125
  • Out-of-State** Educator: $175
  • Three-Year Substitute Permit: $125
  • Master Educator via the Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process (WMEAP): $275
  • Master Educator Renewal via the WMEAP Renewal:  $275

*Note: The fee for Emergency Licenses and Permits will remain at the previous level of $100 until March 31, 2016, to make it easier for districts to use the data from their license audit reports to ensure  that all educators properly licensed.  Starting April 1, 2016, the fee will be $125.

An application fee covers the cost of processing the application. It is not a “license issuance” fee. Therefore, no refunds are made if it is determined after processing the application that a license cannot be issued or renewed.

Each license application submitted by an applicant requires a fee for that application. In some cases, an applicant must submit multiple applications (also called transactions), which requires multiple application fees.

Examples of some multiple fee scenarios:

  1. To renew a 5-year license and to apply for an emergency license:
    • Renewal of professional educator license ($125), and
    • New emergency license ($125)
    • Total fee will be $250.
  2. To renew a 5-year teaching license and to apply for an initial administrator license:
    • Renewal of professional educator license ($125), and
    • New initial in-state administrator license ($125)
    • Total fee will be $250.

When applying in ELOchoose "Ready to Pay" when you complete the first application.  This will take you back to the Quick Start Menu, where you can start the second application.  When you complete the second application, click the "Ready to Pay" button and then click "Submit Payment" at the bottom of the Quick Start screen.  You should then see both applications, awaiting payment, and then can complete one Conduct and Competency questionnaire and submit one payment for both applications.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

Payment Options

The DPI accepts the following methods of fee payment for applications:

  1. Credit Card
    We only accept Mastercard, Visa or Discover. We cannot accept debit cards. 
  2. Veterans Licensure Fee Waiver
    For those eligible for the Veterans Licensure Fee Waiver Program (Act 209), obtain the voucher from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affair through their website: DVA’s Fee Waiver Eligibility. When you receive the voucher, you can use it to pay online when applying in the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system.


**Out-of-State means that the educator's preparation program is headquartered outside of Wisconsin or is online.