License background check reminder

License Background Checks Due by June 30

In the reality of lifetime teaching licenses in Wisconsin, the word “renewal” is no longer a part of the vocabulary. However, teachers are required to submit a background check to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) every five years. For lifetime or master educator license holders, the year in which you submit your background check corresponds to the year your license would have expired. Any license holder who last renewed their license in 2015 must submit an application for a background check by June 30. For provisional license holders your background check is due 5 years after your lifetime license begins.

Applications are only accepted online by logging into your Educator Licensing Online (ELO) account. The cost for a background check is $45. Not sure when your license background check is due? You can check DPI’s online database here. For questions related to your license or the background check process please email

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