ELO Renewal Application Directions

Directions for teachers, administrators, and pupil services professionals who want to renew their 5-year license:


STEP 1: ​​Create a WAMS (Wisconsin Access Management System) ID if you do not already have one.

  • It is recommended that applicants use a personal email address when creating an ELO account. This email address must be available and accessible by you as it will be the primary communication method from the licensing system.
  • Please follow the instructions on the screen when setting up a WAMS account. There are links to the WAMS Help page and the WAMS FAQ page.  For assistance in setting up WAMS account, contact Help Wisconsin Support
  • Guide to creating a WAMS ID


STEP 2: Successfully "onboard" into the ELO system by connecting your WAMS account to an existing account - Onboarding Instructions


STEP 3: Determine whether you need to get fingerprinted. 

The following applicants are required to submit fingerprints to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) when applying for a license:

  • Applicants who have worked, resided, or physically attended classes in any of the locations listed below within the last twenty years (after age 17):
    • U.S. states other than Wisconsin
    • Listed U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, or Virgin Islands)
    • Canada
    • Great Britain (England, Scotland, or Wales)
  • Applicants, who since their most recent submission of fingerprints to DPI have worked, resided, or physically attended classes in any locations listed above.
  • Applicants who provide an address on their application that is in any of the locations listed above.

If you need to get fingerprinted, see http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/backgroundchecks/completing-the-fingerprint-requ... for how to complete this.


STEP 4: Preview the Conduct and Competency questions you will be answering in ELO

IF there is some type of misconduct that needs to be reported, prepare and attach a written explanation of what happened. You must also provide complete electronic (scanned) copies of documents associated with the matter that can corroborate / illuminate your explanation of the incident. These may include the criminal complaint, judgment of conviction, police reports, disciplinary letters/findings, correspondence, etc., as applicable.  (Note: Court history information printed from the CCAP web site is NOT sufficient.)


STEP 5: Prepare Documentation of the required Professional Development

  • Scanned Transcripts showing 6 semester credits

    • If you are renewing with credits, you will need to scan the transcripts into a PDF file that is less than 2 MB in size and save the file so that it is readily available to upload into ELO.  Transcripts may be unofficial or "issued to student."
      More information about what is required in a transcript can be found at http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/transcripts.


  • Submit PDP electronically

    • If you are renewing with a Professional Development Plan (PDP), be sure you have electronically submitted your PDP verification to DPI through QEI or WECAN PDP.  This is an extra step you need to do after your PDP Review Team has verified your PDP.


STEP 6: Have your credit card ready

  • If you do not already have a credit card, purchase a pre-paid credit card at a convenience store.
  • Cash and checks are not accepted.


STEP 7: Log into the ELO system - http://elo.wieducatorlicensing.org to apply.

Note: Using ELO on Macintosh OS X or on mobile devices may result in unexpected behavior.

When you get to the Quick Start Menu, find the section that says, "Manage Your Existing License(s).  Choose the license you want to renew (you can only choose one at a time) and then select the transaction for option below that you are using to renew.  Note: Educators who completed their prep program after August 31, 2004, will not have the option to renew with credits. 

Option 1: ​Renew with 6 Semester Credits

Option 2: Renew with Verified PDP

If you have more than one license to renew, you will need to repeat the process for each license.  

Do not check out until you have submitted applications for all of the licenses you want to renew