Renewing a DPI-issued License or Permit

All applications to renew a license or permit are made in our Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system.  Requirements to renew a license or permit depend on the type of license an educator holds or held and when the educator completed his/her educator prep program.  

In general, licenses and permits issued by the DPI have a start date of July 1 expiring on June 30. Important: Do not attempt to submit a renewal application until after January 1 of the year your license expires.  A renewal application will be created for you in ELO.  Any other application you try to submit in ELO will not be the right application, and submitting one will delay the processing of your renewal.

Follow these general directions for renewing your license/permit:

To avoid delay in processing your application, please submit a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants who submit incomplete application are notified of the specific errors or omissions. Applicants should promptly respond with all necessary information to complete the application.

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.

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 Act 209 web page for more information.

If an applicant holds multiple licenses with different expiration dates can request that their license cycles be synchronized when they apply for renewal. Eligibility depends on factors such as license types, license stages, and when the professional growth requirement was completed.


Professional Growth Requirement

Different DPI licenses have different renewal requirements.  If you are a teacher, administrator, or pupil service professional who completed your teacher training program before September 1, 2004, you fall under the PI 3 rules.  Follow this link for information about your renewal requirements:

If you are a teacher, administrator, or pupil service professional, who completed your teacher training program after September 1, 2004, you fall under the PI 34 rules.  Follow this link to learn more about the Professional Development Plan:

If you are a Special Education Program Aide, Short-term Substitute, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or any other kind of DPI license holder not yet mentioned, you have your own kind of renewal requirements.  Follow this link to learn more about your renewal requirements:


What if I do not complete my PDP or credits before my license expires?

Initial and Professional Educators who do not complete the required professional development may apply for a one-year non-renewable license, also known as an extension.  Educators who do not complete the professional development requirement during this additional year will only be eligible for a substitute license until the requirements are fulfilled.  Tips for applying for the one-year extension are available for Initial Educators and Professional Educators.

How do I renew my license if I am working outside of Wisconsin?

Professional Educators who have worked outside of Wisconsin for the entire five years of their license, including those who are expected to complete a PDP because they completed their preparation program after August 31, 2004, may renew their license by completing six semester credits from a regionally accredited college or university.

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