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Application Directions for Out-of-State Program Completers

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.

Note: It takes approximately 12-16 weeks for out-of-state applications to be reviewed.  You can speed the approval of your application by providing all required documents when you apply.

Upon application review, DPI will determine for which license you are currently eligible.  If you are not eligible for the license for which you applied, DPI will issue the most similar license for which you are eligible.  This may be a One-Year License with Stipulations, a License Based on Reciprocity, or a Five-Year Long-Term Substitute license.  If there is no license for which you are eligible your application may be denied.

Application Type Status
Request for a Wisconsin teacher license or for adding a new subject/level to existing teaching license via an out-of-state program Go to Initial Teacher Tips
Request for a Wisconsin administrator license or for adding a new administrator position to existing administrator license via an out-of-state program Go to Initial Admin TIps
Request for a Wisconsin pupil services license or for adding a new pupil services position to existing pupil services license via an out-of-state program Go to Initial pupil services tips
Request a teacher or administrator license based on reciprocity Go to License bases on Reciprocity
Request for a Wisconsin Driver Education teacher license via an out-of-state program

Go to License bases on Reciprocity

Request for a 5-Year Substitute License via an out-of-state program

Go to License bases on Reciprocity

Request to upgrade from OOS1 to Provisional License Go to License bases on Reciprocity

 

General Information for Out-of-State candidates can be found at https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/pathways/oos