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Educator Substitute License via non-WI License or Program

This application is for educators who have completed an approved educator preparation program headquartered outside of Wisconsin, and who wish to apply for a five-year substitute license.  Educators must receive the endorsement from their preparation program to apply for the five-year substitute license.

How to Apply 

5-step graphic

1. Determine if you must submit fingerprints

2. Gather Documents

Scan all documentation into files (.pdf, .doc/docx, .jpg/jpeg, or .txt) that are 2MB or less in size

  • Preview the ELO Conduct & Competency Questions to see if you will need to provide documentation of any alleged misconduct.
  • Transcripts showing your bachelor’s degree.
  • A letter (it could be handwritten and scanned or it could be typed as a word document) stating that you only want a substitute license.
  • A copy of a valid regular educator license for teaching, administration or pupil services issued by another state OR ​a completed PI-1612 Institutional Endorsement and Assurances form

3. Log in to Educator Licensing Online (ELO)

  • Within ELO, make sure you have answered the three onboarding questions.
  • Find the APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE section of the Quick Start Menu. Select the same choices in the three drop-downs in the application screenshot below:

T001 1025

  • Choose "1-Teacher Category"
  • Choose "A-Teacher (including 5-Year Sub) [T001]"
  • Choose "Teacher: Request Initial Educator 5 year - Out of State Program [1025]"
  • Click the “GO!” button.
  • Complete each page of the application as instructed. Review your Application Summary and edit information if necessary OR click the “SUBMIT” button to submit your application.

4. Receive Email Confirmation


5. 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).
  • Pay with a credit card or pre-paid card. For fee amounts and additional payment information please see License Application Fees.


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.