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Background Check to Maintain Lifetime Licenses Outages

Monday, December 30, 2019

The application for educators to maintain their lifetime licenses will be unavailable from 01/01/2020 until 01/09/2020. This will allow DPI to follow through on 2019 applications, as well as gather the list of educators who will need to apply in 2020.

Wis. Admin Code s. PI 34.041 (4) requires educators who hold a valid Lifetime license to submit a request to the department to have a new background check conducted once every five years. Educators who have a Lifetime license and have not completed a background check with DPI on or after 01/01/2016 will be required to complete a background check with DPI before June 30, 2020. DPI will attempt to contact all educators who meet the above criteria to inform them of their application requirement.

The Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application will be available January 9, 2020. Follow the Application Directions for Background Check to Maintain Lifetime License to submit a background check:

NOTE: At this point in time, PI-1613-Employment Verification forms are an OPTIONAL attachment for the Background Check to Maintain Lifetime License application.

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The four most common topics of discussion are:

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Help with WAMS IDs

Before you can submit an application to DPI, you must register for a Web Access Management Systems (WAMS) user ID.

How to set up a WAMS account

Already have one or more WAMS accounts?

How to start your WAMS account recovery:

Perform a WAMS account recovery for all emails you have. Enter your email address but do NOT enter your User ID to start your WAMS account recovery. Once in the account recovery process you will be prompted to change your password. After you change your password you will be told in parentheses what your correct User ID is. Please make note of that before you terminate the account recovery session. Once you have recovered all WAMS accounts you have, login to ELO with each of your accounts individually. If you can see your licenses, you are logging in with the correct WAMS account. If you are taken through the Onboarding process again, you are not using the correct WAMS account and should try another account.

If you encounter errors in the WAMS account recovery process, please contact WAMS directly.  DPI is unable to help with WAMS recovery because the system is used by many state agencies and is run by the Department of Administration: