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Request for Non-Release

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.

Wisconsin Open Records Law

Records collected and maintained by the Department of Public Instruction, including data contained on the Educator Licensing Database, are subject to Wisconsin's open records law, Wis. Stat. 19.35. The open records law requires public agencies to make its records available for public inspection unless a specific exception to the law applies. Periodically, the department receives open records requests for information about individuals who hold, have held, or have applied for a Wisconsin educator license. As these are public records, the department is required by law to release educator license database information unless an exception under the law allows the information to be withheld.

Request for Non-Release

An exception under the law which prevents the release of license database information is if the release of personally identifiable information could endanger an individual's life or safety. DPI license holders may request a non-release of their home address or home phone number that are in the educator licensing database.

Please use the following form to request for non-release of your information:

  • PI-1662-A: Non-Release of Personally Identifiable Data

This form must be completed and signed in the presence of a notary public. Mail the original to DPI Madison address. Upon receipt of a properly completed form, the request will be processed and the requestor will be notified in writing upon completion of processing.