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License Application Fees

State Budget Licensure Changes

Important NoticeEducators who hold a Professional or Master Educator license that was supposed to expire on June 30, 2018, DO NOT NEED TO APPLY to renew their license with credits or a PDP.  The state budget has removed the expiration dates from these licenses, and we are working to have license lookup reflect that.

Please visit the Latest Licensing News blog for information on the state budget's impact on licensure. All available information has been posted to the Latest Licensing News blog. Please Note: the first post relating to the new license rules was written September 22nd.

In order to apply for or renew a license that is issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), applicants must choose the appropriate application in the Educator Licensing Online (ELO).  The corresponding fee will automatically be added.  Our current application fees are:

  • Special Education Program Aide: $100
  • Initial and Professional Educator (in-state or renewal): $125
  • Initial and Professional Educator One-Year Nonrenewable Extension: $125
  • License with Stipulations: $125
  • Charter: $125
  • Out-of-State** Educator: $175
  • Three-Year Substitute Permit: $125
  • Master Educator via the Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process (WMEAP): $275
  • Master Educator Renewal via the WMEAP Renewal:  $275
  • License Based on Equivalency Part I:  $125
  • License Based on Equivalency Part II: $175
  • Name change: $50


An application fee covers the cost of processing the application. It is not a “license issuance” fee. Therefore, no refunds are made if it is determined after processing the application that a license cannot be issued or renewed.

Each license application submitted by an applicant requires a fee for that application. In some cases, an applicant must submit multiple applications (also called transactions), which requires multiple application fees.

Examples of some multiple fee scenarios:

  1. To renew a 5-year license and to apply for a license with stipulations license:
    • Renewal of professional educator license ($125), and
    • New license with stipulations ($125)
    • Total fee will be $250.
  2. To renew a 5-year teaching license and to apply for an initial administrator license:
    • Renewal of professional educator license ($125), and
    • New initial in-state administrator license ($125)
    • Total fee will be $250.
  3. To renew a 5-year teaching license and to advance an initial administrator license to the professional level:
    • Renewal of professional educator license ($125), and
    • Advancement of initial educator administrator license ($125)
    • In this instance fee bundling would occur and total fee will be $125.

Paying for Multiple Applications

After submitting your first application in ELO, click the "Quick Start Menu" button.  This will take you back to the Quick Start Menu where you can start the second application.  When you complete the second application, click the "Quick Start Menu" button again and you will return to the Quick Start Menu.  You should then see both applications in the ELO Cart and Additional Activities section of the Quick Start Menu, which is the top-most section, along with a sentence in red that says "Submit C&C and Payment to Complete Application".  Click GO! next to 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 with each 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.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

Payment Options

The DPI accepts the following methods of fee payment for applications:

  1. Credit Card
    We only accept Mastercard, Visa or Discover. We cannot accept debit cards. 
  2. Veterans Licensure Fee Waiver
    For those eligible for the Veterans Licensure Fee Waiver Program (Act 209), obtain the voucher from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affair through their website: DVA’s Fee Waiver Eligibility.  Directions are below:
    1. Contact the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affair through their website: DVA’s Fee Waiver Eligibility to obtain the voucher information.
    2. Log into your ELO account and fill out the application for the license you are requesting.
    3. Proceed all the way through the application and press the submit button, once you have pressed the submit button you will need to stop!
    4. At the bottom of one of our licensing webpages,, click on the “Contact Us” button, here you will fill out the contact us form letting us know that you are a veteran and would like to apply a voucher code to your application, and provide the code the VA has given you.
    5. We will then review the waiver and send you email letting you know your next steps in the application process.  If your fee waiver is accepted you will still need to complete the Conduct and Competency (C&C) questionnaire found in the ELO Cart and Additional Activities section of the Quick Start Menu.
    6. Once you have finished the C&C in the ELO Cart your application will go into the queue for processing.  Please note this can take several weeks.


**Out-of-State means that the educator's preparation program is headquartered outside of Wisconsin or is online.