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Application Directions for Background Check to Maintain Lifetime License

How often do I need to get a background check?

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If you have a Lifetime License you will need to submit a request for a background check at least once every 5 years via our on-line educator licensing portal (ELO). The deadline to submit a request is June 30 of your fifth year.

Steps to get a background check if you have a Lifetime License

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1. Determine Fingerprint Requirement 

Use this decision tree to determine if this step is needed.

2. Log in to Educator Licensing Online (ELO) with your WAMS ID.

  • Find the MANAGE YOUR EXISTING LICENSES section of the Quick Start Menu.
  • Choose “Request Background Check - Lifetime License (5900)” in the drop-down menu and click GO! See screenshot below:

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  • Review each page of the application for accuracy and click “SUBMIT” and receive an email confirmation.

3. Complete Application on ELO

  •  Click the GO! button next to “Submit C&C and Payment to Complete Application.”
  •  Review your fees. 
  • Complete the Conduct and Competency Questionnaire (14 questions). Please preview the Conduct and Competency Questionnaire ahead of time to determine if documentation is required. 
  • Pay with a credit card or pre-paid card.

PROCESSING TIMES

Our processing times vary throughout the year. For current processing times see the Check Application Status page.

Submit questions and comments about this information to the Licensing Online Help desk.