Educator's Licensure Special Announcements Renewal applications will be opened automatically by DPI in early to mid-May for licenses expiring on June 30, 2021. An email will be sent to the educator when the renewal application is opened in the system. There is no need to open other application types. Simply wait for the email notification from DPI stating the renewal application has been opened, and then proceed to login at vo.licensure.ncpublicschools.gov to complete the process and pay the fee online. Currently, we are not aware of any Covid-19 related extensions for licenses expiring 6/30/2021. Should the NC General Assembly legislate the extension of licenses expiring this year, additional information will be posted here on the website. To ensure security best practices all licensure users for the online licensure system will be prompted to change your password the next time you log in to the online licensure system. Licensure Staffing During COVID-19 Licensure is fully staffed and working remotely to process applications. There are, however, limited staff available to answer the phones Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you call and are not able to get through we thank you for your patience and encourage you to try your call at another time. Welcome Professional Educators! North Carolina sets the stage for your fresh ideas and enthusiasm in the public schools. North Carolina hires new educators annually who are the catalyst for meeting our Pre-kindergarten - Grade 12 classroom goals. We offer educators excellent working conditions, an abundance of opportunities for professional growth, competitive salaries and strong support from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). With a diverse economy, an emphasis on technology and a superior quality of life, North Carolina has become one of the fastest growing states in the country. We are thrilled that you have chosen to make North Carolina your home! Announcements Interested in changing your career to teaching? Check out North Carolina's new Residency License. North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) required licensure exams are outlined in policy LICN-003. Prepare and register to take SBE required licensure exams: Pearson Praxis Apply Now for a NC Educator License The NCDPI Online Licensure System will assist you through the application process. Begin by creating a licensure account. Simply click NCDPI Registration at the bottom left of the online application system main page. Contact the Licensure office by phone at 800-577-7994 (toll-free within North Carolina) or (919) 716-1800. If you are calling because you are having trouble logging in to the online licensure system or for password resets, please press 3. If you have general licensure questions, please press 2 to speak to a Licensure Specialist. If you are checking on the status of an application that you have already submitted, please press 1.