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Transcripts for License Application

Transcripts used for license application(s) must:

  • be the scanned image of an original transcript
  • contain the name and address of the college or university
  • list the name of the course and the grade and number of credits earned
  • display the term when the credits were earned
  • list the educator's name
  • be in a file with no password protection (see http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/password-protected-transcripts for directions on how to extract your transcript from a protected file).


Note: Make sure that the file name of the scanned transcript contains only letters and/or numbers (i.e., does not include any special characters)

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they are attaching transcripts that do not have an expiration date. Many electronic transcripts have an expiration date, and it is the applicants responsibility to extract the file (see above) or print it out, and scan it in to create a PDF that can be saved. Attaching transcripts that have an expiration date slows down the process, as processors then need to reach out to request new transcripts that can be viewed.

Please do not have your transcripts mailed directly to DPI.  Our team has been reconfigured for electronic workflow, so sending any paper transcripts increases the chances that they may not get correctly attached to your application and/or that the processing of your application will be significantly delayed.  If you can only receive a paper copy, then have the paper copy sent to you so that you can scan it and upload it to your application.  For best results, use a multifunction copier that automatically creates a PDF file.

Please do not have your transcripts e-mailed directly to DPI. These transcripts are often password protected and have an expiration date associated with them. It is the responsibility of applicants to obtain a savable, viewable document and to attach that to their applications.

The following are not acceptable forms of transcripts:

  • an online grade report copied and pasted into a word processing or other document
  • blurry documents
  • files greater than 2MB in size
  • grade reports from an institution that is not an accredited college or university


Additional Notes:

  • Some institutions grant quarter credits rather than semester credits.  Nine (9) quarter credits equal six (6) semester credits.
    • If you are not sure whether a college or university is on a quarter credit or semester credit system, please call the university registrar’s office.  The registrar’s office will let you know what credit system the university operates on.
    • Quarter credits are equal to 2/3 of a semester credit.  For those taking quarter credits, to determine how many of the six semester credits you have completed, multiply the number of quarter credits you have taken by 2/3.  For example, if you have taken 5 quarter credits, you have taken 3 and 1/3 (3.33) semester credits ((5*2)/3).  Thus, you still need to take 2 and 2/3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits.
  • Courses taken through third party providers (e.g., Learner’s Edge) must be documented by transcripts from the accredited college or university that granted the credits; grade reports from third party providers are not acceptable.
  • Courses taken during the summer term of the year in which the license expires must also have documentation from the college or university that the course was completed before July 1.

For more information about renewing a license with six credits, please see our PI-3 Renewal page at http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/renewal/pi3