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Licensure Application Status

The Office of Educator Licensure (OEL) works diligently to review and process all licensure requests submitted to the office. Due to the high volume of requests this time of year, we appreciate your patience as we work to respond to your inquires. To help with the process, if you would like for someone to contact you within 48 hours, please e-mail us your request to this address Please include your Educator ID number instead of your Social Security Number on all communications to maintain the security of your information.


Please note that you may view the tests and/or the names of documents received by logging into the Mississippi Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS) and clicking on “Images” from the “Educator Options” Menu on the left of your credentials screen. After reviewing documentation received, you will receive an e-mail (if applicable) of additional documentation that may be needed or that your license has been issued.

Original Educator Licensure and Duplicate Licenses Update

The Office of Educator Licensure (OEL) is now offering access to original teaching certificates in the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS). The original certificates can be printed by logging into the educator’s ELMS account and selecting the option that says “View your credentials here.”  Once in the account, the educator can select the yellow link bar that says “Click here to view Certificate” just below the educator’s contact information.  

As a result of the original certificates now being available online, the OEL will no longer automatically mail original certificates to educators. An individual may request a duplicate copy of a license by applying online and paying with a debit or credit card or by submitting a completed Licensure Application and a $5 money order (Personal checks not accepted) to the Mississippi Department of Education; Office of Educator Licensure; P.O. Box 771; Jackson, MS 39205. 

The OEL asks that all educators verify the accuracy of the personal information within ELMS, paying special attention to email addresses.  Email is the quickest and most efficient way for the OEL to communicate with the educator if there is a deficiency with the application or to notify the educator once the licensure request has been processed.  

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the OEL at 601-359-3483.

Important Updates

Below is a memorandum that shares two important updates regarding the recent changes related to the current same day licensure processing walk-in service and local school district licensure renewal role and responsibilities.

Educator Licensure Update - Memo June 2017