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Application for Lifetime License Now Available for Provisional license holders

Friday, August 17, 2018

If you already hold a Lifetime license please DO NOT use this application. If you are unsure whether you hold a Lifetime License, you can check by using License Lookup. If you currently hold a Lifetime license, a separate process for background checks will be available later this year. DPI will send notification via email when educators are due to submit an application for a background check. We will also post information on this background check process to the Latest Licensing News blog when available.

DPI has finalized the process by which educators who hold a Provisional/Initial Educator license may apply for a new Lifetime license. The requirements for a Lifetime license include successfully completing at least six semesters of experience in Wisconsin in the area of their license (teaching, administration or pupil services) and completing all statutory requirements. The six semesters of successful experience must meet the following criteria:

  • Experience completed in the license area (Teaching, Administration or Pupil Services) while holding either a Provisional, Initial Educator, Professional Educator or Master Educator license.
  • Experience completed in the five years immediately preceding the July 1 start date of the Lifetime license.
  • Experience must be providing direct services to students or providing administrative oversight in a prekindergarten through grade 12 setting in the license area of the Provisional license verified as successful experience by an educational entity in Wisconsin.

Application directions for a Lifetime license can be found at

Educators who do not meet all of the requirements above may continue to apply for a Provisional license until they are eligible for a Lifetime license. To apply for Provisional licensure, follow the directions at

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