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Web Access Management System

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.

The Web Access Management System (WAMS) is a user ID system managed by the State of Wisconsin.  DPI uses WAMS IDs as the login for Educator Licensing Online (ELO).  Before you can submit an application to DPI you must have a WAMS ID.  If you already have a WAMS ID that you use for other purposes (state healthcare, state campground reservations, etc.) you may use your existing WAMS ID to login to ELO.  If you do not already have a WAMS ID you must create one.

Once you have created a WAMS ID and password you will use that ID to login to ELO and Onboard your license information.  The first time educators login to ELO they will have to provide basic information about their licenses and themselves so that DPI may connect their license information to their specific WAMS ID.  This is called Onboarding, and it is a one-time event.  Once you have Onboarded you will continue to use that same WAMS User ID and password every time you login to ELO, so it is important that you keep your account information in a safe, accessible location.  It is recommended that applicants use a personal email address when creating their WAMS ID.  Using a school email address may make you unable to access your WAMS account if you move to a new district and lose your school email.

If you believe you already created a WAMS ID but are unsure, you may use the WAMS Account Recovery portal to check for an ID:  Account Recovery
Leave the user ID box blank and enter the email address you believe you used for the ID. If you get an error message, you do not have an account with that email. If you get a message telling you next steps in the account recovery, you do have an account with that email and should continue with the account recovery to get your login information. You may repeat these steps for every email address you have.

To create your WAMS ID go to the WAMS Self-Registration and follow the instructions on the webpage. 

Need assistance with creating your WAMS ID?