The 2017-2019 Wisconsin state budget, also known as 2017 Act 59, requires DPI to issue a new three-year Provisional license to every educator who holds a valid Initial Educator license. This Provisional license is a new license with a new license number. DPI has completed the conversion process for the creation of these new Provisional licenses. Educators who hold a valid Initial Educator license should now see a new three-year Provisional license on both our online License Lookup and in Educator Licensing Online (ELO). All existing five-year Initial Educator licenses will continue to appear in educators’ license records and in the DPI License Lookup. The three-year Provisional license allows educators to fill the same teacher, administrator, and pupil services assignments as the five-year Initial Educator license. You can find more information about Provisional licenses by reading our FAQ.
Starting Monday, March 26th, DPI will begin to notify by email all educators who have been issued a new Provisional license. All Provisional licenses that were issued via the conversion have a start date of July 1, 2017, and an expiration date of June 30, 2020.
DPI is continuing the process of converting current Professional Educator licenses to Lifetime licenses. Once that conversion is complete, DPI will notify Professional Educators in a similar manner regarding their new license. Please continue to monitor the Latest Licensing News blog for updates on this process.