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Electronic Fingerprinting Requirement

Notice from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Effective August 1st, 2013, all fingerprints that are submitted for the purpose of DPI license applications must be submitted electronically through the state-approved vendor, Fieldprint ( The DPI will not send paper fingerprint cards to license applicants after July 26th, unless the applicant resides outside of the United States.

Information about the electronic fingerprint process is available on the following page: Electronic Fingerprint Submission.

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.

As provided by Wis. Stat. 118.19 (10) (c), the DPI may also require other applicants to submit fingerprints during the course of the background investigation.

Failure to submit fingerprints as required and/or failure to submit complete information will result in a delay in processing your application, and may ultimately result in denial of your application.

Still not sure if you need to submit fingerprints? Go to the Wisconsin DPI fingerprint website for more information.

The Wisconsin DPI fingerprint website also has information on Fingerprinting Procedures as well as sign-up information under Fingerprinting Frequently Asked Questions.