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Apply for an Educator License

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The three most commonly asked questions and their answers are below:

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:

Revalidating Life or Lifetime License

Educators, whose Life or Lifetime license was invalidated in July, have until December 31 to revalidate their license. Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30. Educators will have until December 31 to complete this application for their license to be revalidated.

Background Checks

DPI is required by law to conduct a background check on each applicant for a Wisconsin educator license regardless of whether it is an initial request or a renewal request.

All educators are required to complete a background check to maintain or revalidate a life or lifetime license. There are directions for how to complete the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900].

To find the year in which your most recent background check was submitted, search License Lookup using your name or entity number and check see the “Last Background Check Submitted” field.

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 2017-2018 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.
 

Renewal

Apply to Obtain or Maintain a Lifetime License

Application directions for educators who are applying for a Lifetime license based on holding a prior DPI license and completing necessary experience or applying for background check to maintain Lifetime license.

Reissue, Reactivate, or Extend

Apply to Reissue a Provisional License

Application directions for educators who are applying to Reissue a Provisional License.

Initial Wisconsin

Initial - WI

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

Apply for a new 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

Other

Other

  • 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/
    History/Culture
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Audiology
  • Charter School
  • Conversion of Professional Teacher License to PI 34 Developmental Levels
  • Professional Teaching Permit
  • Trade Specialist
  • Experience-based Technology Education