CDE’s Educator Licensing Office no longer prints and mails paper copies of educator licenses, endorsements, credentials or authorizations, unless specifically requested by the credential holder. Credentials, once approved, will be sent as a PDF attachment via Email to the applicant.
Benefits of this new process are:
Credentials are available much quicker; this new process cuts off three weeks of printing and mailing hardcopy certificates
Cost savings; saves the state money in printing and mailing costs and staff time
Encourages automation; less paper, more timely for employing districts
Teachers/educators receive instant verification, upon approval
Quicker response time; CDE is able to respond quicker to the licensee with an automated email that the credential has been generated
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will online access/printing be available?
No. Credentials are not available for online access/printing. Credentials, upon approval, will be emailed to the applicant as a PDF document.
How quickly can I view/print my credential after I apply?
Applications that are complete will be processed within four to six weeks and the credentials will be emailed shortly thereafter.
Will existing credentials also be available? What about expired credentials?
Existing credentials will be available for reprint. Expired credentials will show on the status check, but will not be available for printing. To request a reprint of an active credential, a Reprint Request/Name Change application will need to be completed and submitted via eLicensing.
What if I don’t have a printer at home?
You can print your credential from any computer that allows you to access your PDF copy of the credential and that has printing capabilities. This may include locations such as your place of employment or the local library.
What if I lose my copy/email, can I print it again?
You can request an additional copy of your valid credential from CDE via an eLicense Reprint Request/Name Change application.
Will license information be available to school districts? Can a link be sent to a school district to verify an active credential?
Credential information will be available through the status check portal on the CDE website and via eLicensing. At this time, no link can be sent to a school district.
Can I pay extra if I want a hardcopy credential mailed to me?
Yes. If you would like a hardcopy of your credential mailed to you, upon approval, you can complete a Reprint Request/Name Change application and choose the hardcopy option. There is a fee associated with all hardcopy requests.
How will I know my electronic credential is ready to print?
The system will email you an automatic notification when your credential has been approved. Attached to the automatic notification will be a PDF document of your certificate. Check your email and junk email often. CDE only communicates to the email address that you have associated to your eLicensing account. If you need to update your email address, log into your eLicensing account and click on the "Update Email Address" link.
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