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Last Background Check Date on License Lookup

Thursday, March 28, 2019

At DPI we are consistently looking to help our Wisconsin Educators. We have added additional functionality to License Lookup to show the Last Background Check Submitted to DPI.

You may search License Lookup using your name or entity number. The Last Background Check Submitted field will display the year in which the most recent background check was submitted to DPI. If there is no data in the Last Background Check Submitted field and you have a valid Lifetime license, a background check is required by June 30, 2019 to maintain this Lifetime license.


Wis. Admin Code s. PI 34.041 (4) requires educators who hold a valid Lifetime license to submit a request to the department to have a new background check conducted once every five years. Any complete application will update the background check date.

If you determine that you do need to submit a background check application, directions for the application can be found here:

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: