Renewing a DPI-issued License or Permit

FOR 2014 RENEWALS ONLY: 
It is expected that all WI Educators with licenses expiring on June 30, 2014 will be able to access the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system for renewal purposes beginning in late March 2014. Please visit the ELO site for application availability (http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/elo). For those licenses expiring June 30, 2015, the ELO system will begin accepting applications after January 1, 2015.

***How to Prepare to Renew Your License in ELO***

Requirements to renew a license or permit depend on the type of license an applicant holds or held and when the educator completed his/her educator prep program.  

In general, those who completed after September 1, 2004, must complete a verified, multi-year Professional Development Plan (see http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/pdp/professional-development-plan).  

Educators who completed their program before September 1, 2004, can choose either to complete a verified PDP or to take six semester credits from a regionally accredited college or university.  Continuing Education Units (CEUs) cannot be used in place of credits for license renewal.  Emergency licenses/permits have separate requirements for renewal (see http://tepdl.dpi.wi.gov/licensing/emergency-license-and-permit).

Licenses and permits issued by the DPI usually have a start date of July 1 and expire on June 30.  When you submit a complete and accurate renewal application before June 30th, Wis. Stat. 227.51 (2) provides that your existing license does not expire until the DPI completes the processing of your renewal application.

To avoid delay in processing your application, please submit a complete application in  ELO. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Military personnel who are in active duty status at the time of license expiration/renewal may be eligible for a waiver of fee and professional growth requirement. Please refer to the  Act 209 web page for more information.

If an applicant holds multiple licenses with different expiration dates, generally any other eligible licenses will be renewed at the same time so all licenses can be on the same validity period. Eligibility depends on the various factors such as license types, license stages, and when the professional growth requirement was completed.

Professional Growth Requirement

Professional growth requirements for license renewal must be completed within the 5 years immediately preceding the license renewal date.

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  1. Verify the validity date of your license using the Online License Lookup so that you do not renew too early or too late.
  2. Check the renewal requirement for the license that you hold.
  3. Make sure you have fulfilled all required renewal requirements, including the professional growth requirement.
  4. Find the correct application to use based on your license type.
  5. Carefully complete all information required for the application.
  6. Carefully and thoroughly complete the Conduct and Competency form, including all necessary supporting documentation. 
  7. Upload all required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, employment verification) with the application.
  8. Remit the correct payment amount using a credit card. Application fees cover the cost of application review and processing. No refund will be made regardless of whether or not a license is issued. 

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For questions about this information, contact licensing@dpi.wi.gov