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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.

To conduct background checks, the DPI uses a variety of sources to gather relevant information.

Sources of information frequently used by the DPI for conducting background checks include:

  • Crime Information Bureau (CIB) - Within the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the CIB functions as a central repository for criminal arrest and conviction records within Wisconsin. Only incidents that were submitted to the CIB accompanied by fingerprints are contained in the database.
  • Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) - This website, also called the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA), provides access to certain public records of the circuit courts of Wisconsin. The information displayed is an exact copy of the case information entered into the CCAP case management system by court staff in the counties where the case files are located. The court record summaries are all public records under Wisconsin open records law. Not all counties provide their court information to CCAP.
  • FBI Fingerprint Check – Conducted through Wisconsin Department of Justice, FBI Fingerprint Check is used to check the criminal history of certain applicants who have lived, worked or attended school outside of Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry - A database that contains information about certain convicted sex offenders in Wisconsin.
  • Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry - A national database that contains information about certain convicted sex offenders from all fifty states.
  • Wisconsin Caregiver Misconduct Registry – A database that contains information about certified Wisconsin caregivers who have been found to have engaged in misconduct.

Note: An applicant may have a juvenile record, but if that applicant does not reveal this information to the DPI at the time of application, it is likely that information will remain confidential. Juvenile records are not disclosed by the FBI, CIB or CCAP to the DPI. However, some juvenile sex offense adjudications are subject to sex offender registration and therefore are public, as are convictions resulting from a waiver into adult court.