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ELO Application Tips for an Educator Substitute License via WI License or Program

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:


This application is for educators who have completed an approved educator preparation program headquartered in Wisconsin, and who wish to apply for a five-year substitute license.  Educators must receive the endorsement from their preparation program to apply for the five-year substitute license.

Use the Application Checklist to ensure you have completed all appropriate steps of the application.  If you do not fit into this category, please go back and select a different application.





  • Use the document below to determine if you must submit fingerprints.  If you have determined that you need fingerprints, submit them electronically via our vendor Fieldprint.

  • Preview the Conduct and Competency form.  If applicable, obtain supporting documentation for any “yes” answers to the conduct questions.


Scan the documentation into a file (.pdf, .doc/docx, .jpg/jpeg, or .txt) that is 2MB or less in size.

  • If you DO NOT or HAVE NOT held an Initial or Professional Educator License in Wisconsin, you will need to scan ​a completed PI-1612 Institutional Endorsement and Assurances form and save the file so that it is readily available to upload into ELO during the application process.
  • If you DO HOLD or HAVE HELD an Initial or Professional Educator License in Wisconsin, you will need to upload a copy of your current or previous Wisconsin license into the application. Follow the directions in this FAQ to print a copy of your license in ELO.  If you are not able to access a copy of the license you can upload a word document that contains the license information shown in License Lookup to prove you hold or have held this license.


  • If you do not already have an active Web Access Management System (WAMS) ID follow the directions on the Web Access Management System page to do so.
  • Onboarding must be completed, whether or not you already hold or held a Wisconsin license. If you hold or held a Wisconsin license(s) you will see your license(s) at the end of the Onboarding process.
    • If your name has changed use License Lookup to determine what name is on file with DPI, as you will use that name in the Onboarding.
  • If you have not already Onboarded your license record to your WAMS ID please do so.





Use the "My ELO" button (which can also be found in the top left-hand corner of any TEPDL webpage) to login to ELO with your WAMS ID and open your application.  Once you have Onboarded your license record to your WAMS ID you will be brought to the Quick Start Menu.  Find the APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE section of the Quick Start Menu.  Make the exact same choices in your three drop down menus as you see in the application screenshot in these directions and in the application checklist.  Once you’ve made the appropriate choices in the drop down menus click the “GO!” button directly to the right of the drop down menus to open that application.


Read each page of the application, complete the page as instructed, and click “next” to move forward in the application.  Once you reach the end of the application you will review your Application Summary and may edit information if necessary OR click the “SUBMIT” button to submit your application.  You will receive an auto-generated application confirmation email with a PDF Application Summary attached shortly after submission.  This email also contains directions for completing your application payment.

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Use the "My ELO" button (which can also be found in the top left-hand corner of any TEPDL webpage) to login to ELO with your WAMS ID and open your application. 







  • You will complete the Conduct and Competency questionnaire right before submitting your application payment.
  • Have either a credit card or pre-paid credit card ready for electronic payment.  For fee amounts and additional payment information please see License Application Fees.
    • You cannot pay with any other payment method.
  • You will see the application(s) you’ve submitted in the ELO Cart and Additional Activities section of the Quick Start Menu along with a sentence that says "Submit C&C and Payment to Complete Application." Click the “GO!” button directly to the right of this sentence and you will begin the payment process and Conduct and Competency questionnaire. The first page in the payment process shows you each application you’ve submitted along with each application fee. The second page in the payment process shows you the total fee after bundling any possible application fees. Then you will answer the Conduct and Competency questionnaire (14 questions) before being prompted for your credit card number.


Our processing times vary throughout the year. For current processing times see the Check Application Status page.