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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.

Other Licensing Types
Application Type Status
First-time request for a Master Educator License via the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) process Go to First-time request for a Master Educator License via the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) process
Request an additional license in a Professional Educator teacher's content area based on passing a content test Go to Request an additional license in a Professional Educator teacher's content area based on passing a content test
Wisconsin DPI License Based on Equivalency (LBE) applications Go to Wisconsin DPI License Based on Equivalency (LBE) applications
Teacher Intern Go to Teacher Intern
Charter School Principal License Go to Charter School Principal License!
Charter School Teacher License Go to Charter School Principal License!
Trade Specialist Permit Go to Trade Specialist Permit
Professional Teaching Permit Go to Professional Teaching Permit
Montessori Teacher License Go to Montessori Teacher License
IHE Representative for PDP Teams Go to IHE Representative for PDP Teams
Program Coordinator Go to Program Coordinator
Special Education Program Aide
Application Type Status
Request New Special Education Program Aide Go to Request New Special Education Program Aide
Special Education Program Aide Renewal Go to Special Education Program Aide Renewal
Occupational or Physical Therapist or Therapy Assistant License
Application Type Status
New OT/PT/OTA/PTA license

Go to First-time OT/PT/OTA/PTA license

Renew OT/PT/OTA/PTA license Go to Renew OT/PT/OTA/PTA license
Driver Education Teacher License
Application Type Status

Initial Driver Education License via WI Program

Go to Initial Driver Education License via WI Program
Initial Driver Education License via Out-of-State Program Go to Initial Driver Education License via Out-of-State Program
American Indian Language and American Indian History, Culture, and Tribal Sovereignty licenses
Application Type Status
New American Indian language license Go to First-time Indian Language License
American Indian language license renewal Go to Indian Language License Renewal
New American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty license Go to First-time Indian History and Culture License
American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty license renewal Go to Indian History and Culture License Renewal
Educational Interpreter License
Application Type Status
New Educational Interpreter License Go to First-time Educational Interpreter License
Educational Interpreter License Renewal Go to Educational Interpreter License Renewal
Emergency Educational Interpreter Go to Emergency Educational Interpreter
Orientation and Mobility License
Application Type Status
New Orientation & Mobility License Go to First-time Orientation & Mobility License
Orientation & Mobility License Renewal Go to Orientation & Mobility License Renewal
School Audiology License
Application Type Status
New School Audiologist License Go to First-time School Audiologist License
School Audiologist License Renewal Go to School Audiologist License Renewal
Experience-Based Technical and Vocational Education Subjects License
Application Type Status
Initial Experience-Based Technical and Vocational Educations Subjects License Go to Initial Experience-Based Technical and Vocational Educations Subjects License
Professional Experience-Based Technical and Vocational Educations Subjects License Go to Professional Experience-Based Technical and Vocational Educations Subjects License
School Board-requested 1-Year Administrator License
Application Type Status
First-time 1-year Administrator License Go to First-time 1-year Administrator License
Request Second Year 1-Year Administrator License Go to Request Second Year 1-Year Administrator License