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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.

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Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute and Statutory Stipulation

The 23rd Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute (AISSI) will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to Friday, August 2,...

Background Check Maintenance Window

Educators with a Life or Lifetime license who had not completed the required Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application by 11:59...

ELO Year End Scheduled Maintenance

The Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system will be down for year-end, scheduled maintenance starting at 11 PM on Sunday, June 30th (6/30/2019) and...

Life/Lifetime Background Check Application Deadline

Who - For educators who need to complete a background check with DPI during the 2019 year, you must have an application completed by 11:59 PM on June...

Publication of Emergency Rule 1909

Emergency Rule 1909, an emergency rule to clean-up the changes to PI 34, has gone into effect as of April 14, 2019. Below are some of the proposed...

License with Stipulations and One-Year Administrator Licenses

The last date one can submit an application for all One-Year or Three-Year License with Stipulations and One-Year Board-Requested Administrator...

Last Background Check Date on License Lookup

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

Tools to help to determine if you need to submit a background check application

At DPI we are consistently looking to help our Wisconsin Educators. We have created a few new web tools that will support educators who hold Lifetime...

Background Check to Maintain Lifetime License Available 01/02/2019

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...

Tiered Licensing Structure

The recent repeal and recreation of PI 34 created a tiered licensing structure.  DPI has created a one-page guide to explain the different licensing...