Background Check for Licensure

****** We have experienced an overwhelming volume of phone calls and email these past few weeks seeking assistance with ELO and licensing. We will continue to work with educators who had reached out for assistance or started an application online prior to June 30th to be able to assist with technical issues that prevented application completion.  Applications from these educators who made a good faith effort to apply will be considered as having been made timely. ******

The Department of Public Instruction (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. The primary purpose of a background check is to determine if the applicant has engaged in any behavior that endangers the health, welfare, safety or education of pupils.

Because a background check is a required step in processing all license applications, when applying for a license, all applicants must:

  • Complete a Conduct and Competency questionnaire that is thoroughly completed, including all required documentation and information.
    • If an applicant meets the requirements specified on the first question of the Conduct and Competency, submit fingerprints.
  • IF there is some type of misconduct that needs to be reported, you will need to prepare and attach a written explanation of what happened, and, when applicable, gather and SCAN complete copies of any related criminal complaint, criminal judgment, police reports, disciplinary letters/findings, correspondence, etc., as applicable.  (Note: information printed from the CCAP web site is NOT sufficient)
  • All supporting documents must be available for uploads as attachment in the online application system. 

Failure to submit all necessary information in support of an application will result in significant delay in processing, and may result in denial of an application.

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