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Important Notice


Educators with an invalidated Life or Lifetime license have until December 31st 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 30th. Educators will have until December 31st to complete this application for their license to be revalidated. 

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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. 

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