Apply for an Educator License

****** 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. ******

When an educator submits a complete and accurate renewal application before June 30th, Wis. Stat. 227.51 (2) provides that the educator’s existing license does not expire until the DPI completes the processing of the renewal application.  

  • Paid applications that were received as of 11:59  p.m. June 30, 2014 are considered timely applications.  If you are applying for renewal or advancement after June 30th, please see this guidance.
  • Some applications were made available for use at the end of June in the ELO system. We will date applications received in July with a July 1, 2014, begin date. A complete listing of these application dates can be found at
  • Some applications have not been developed or released in the ELO system yet. Once these are released in July 2014, we will date applications received with a July 1, 2014 begin date. A complete listing of these application dates is at
  • Please note that a software bug is sometimes producing confusing results on the DPI Public Search online license lookup.  If a district has a question about a particular educator’s license status, please contact Teacher Licensing at (800) 266-1027 or

Educators may apply for Wisconsin Initial Licenses and Renewal Licenses in teaching, pupil services, administrator, and other license categories using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system. The ELO system allows educators to provide the information, supporting materials, and payment needed for DPI to process their license applications. The system streamlines the application process and allows the applicant to manage their own licensing information, including printing a copy of their license certificate and renewing their licenses when applicable. 

We have directions for each license type to help you complete your application correctly and efficiently. Click on a topic below.
***Please note: The ELO system is not compatible with the Safari Browser (MacOS or Windows) or tablets (including iPads)***

Apply for a License Renewal or Advancement 
These applications are for Educators who are renewing an existing teacher, administrator, or pupil services license using a PDP or six credits.

Request Your License be Reissued, Reactivated, or Extended 
These applications are for Educators who have special circumstances regarding the renewal of an existing teacher, administrator, or pupil services license.

Apply for an Initial License by a Wisconsin Program Completer 

Apply for Initial License by an Out-of-State Program Completer 

Apply for a Substitute or Emergency License 

Apply for a License or Permit Not Listed Above 
Includes Initial Master Educator License via National Board, Adding a Related Teacher LIcense Based on a Content Test, Wisconsin DPI License Based on Equivalency (LBE), Teacher Intern, Special Education Program Aide, Occupational or Physical Therapist/Therapy Assistant, Drivers Ed, Indian Language/History/Culture, Orientation & Mobility, Audiology, Charter School, Conversion of Professional Teacher License to PI 34 Developmental Levels, Professional Teaching Permit, and Trade Specialist