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State Budget Licensure Changes

Important NoticeEducators who hold a Professional or Master Educator license that was supposed to expire on June 30, 2018, DO NOT NEED TO APPLY to renew their license with credits or a PDP.  The state budget has removed the expiration dates from these licenses, and we are working to have license lookup reflect that.

Please visit the Latest Licensing News blog for information on the state budget's impact on licensure. All available information has been posted to the Latest Licensing News blog. Please Note: the first post relating to the new license rules was written September 22nd.

Please note:  When you submit a complete and accurate renewal application before June 30th of the year in which your license expires, Wis. Stat. 227.51 (2) provides that your existing license does not expire until the DPI completes the processing of your renewal application.


Please note: We can no longer accept license applications for the 2016-2017 school year.


Educators apply for Wisconsin Initial Licenses and Renewal Licenses in teaching, pupil services, administrator, and other license categories using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system. ELO allows educators to provide the information, supporting materials, and payment needed for DPI to process their license applications. The system streamlines the application process and allows the applicant to manage their own licensing information, including printing a copy of their license certificate and renewing their licenses when applicable. 

We have directions for each license type to help you complete your application correctly and efficiently. Click on a section below.



Applications for Educators to renew an existing teacher, administrator, or pupil services license using a PDP or six credits or to advance an Initial Educator License to the Professional Educator level.

Reissue, Reactivate, or Extend

Reissue, Reactivate, or Extend

Applications for Educators with special circumstances regarding the renewal of an existing teacher, administrator, or pupil services license

Initial Wisconsin

Initial - WI

Apply for a license based on completing a Wisconsin educator prep program.

Apply for a license based on completing an educator prep program in another state.

Substitute or Emergency

Substitute or Licenses with Stipulations

Apply for a substitute or license with stipulations as a teacher, administrator, or pupil services professional



  • Initial Master Educator
  • License via National Board
  • Adding a Related Teacher License Based on a Content Test
  • Wisconsin DPI License Based on Equivalency (LBE)
  • Teacher Intern
  • Special Education Program Aide
  • Occupational or Physical Therapist/Therapy Assistant
  • Drivers Ed
  • Indian Language/
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Audiology
  • Charter School
  • Conversion of Professional Teacher License to PI 34 Developmental Levels
  • Professional Teaching Permit
  • Trade Specialist
  • Experience-based Technology Education