Our Licensure Department can help with all aspects of your education related credentials, including how to apply for licenses and endorsements, how to register and renew licenses, how to use ELIS, and more.
Licensure Renewal Information – Licensure renewal for all licenses due in 2023 begins April 1st.
This includes the Professional Educator License (PEL), the various Career and Technical Educator (CTE) licenses, the Substitute (SUB) license, and the Paraprofessional (PARA) license. It is recommended that EVERY licensed individual should verify through their Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account if they hold a license that is only registered until June 30, 2023.
Educators with a PEL and/or CTE license that expires July 1, 2023 will have until August 31, 2023 to complete any Professional Learning (PL) required for renewal and pay all registration fees. Registration fees to renew a PEL should be paid via the educator's personal ELIS account between April 1 and August 31, 2023.
Educators working under an administrative license on a PEL that expires July 1, 2023 must complete the annually required Administrator Academy by June 30, 2023. Additionally, all Professional Development Hours (PDHs) required for renewal must be completed. ISBE does allow for an extension of August 31 to complete PDHs only. Registration fees to renew a PEL should be paid via the educator's personal ELIS account between April 1 and August 31, 2023.
NOTE: Under the ACTION CENTER in ELIS, if you do not have a hyperlink to renew your PEL in your ELIS account, please refer to page 2 of the FAQ document to troubleshoot the issue.
If not renewed by August 31, 2023, the license will lapse and the individual will no longer be eligible to work in an Illinois public school until the license is reinstated. To reinstate the license, the individual must complete nine (9) semester hours of coursework in the appropriate content area(s) OR pay a $50 penalty fee, in addition to submitting any required PD prior to reinstating and paying registration fees.
Here are key documents that can be found on ISBE's Renewal and Reinstatement page to assist you:
Instructions on how to update Professional Development/Employment Status:
- How to renew your Paraprofessional License
- How to renew your Substitute License
- How to renew your ELS-CTE License
- How to renew your PEL License