The License

23 Nov

On September 23, three months before my birthday, I hit the submit button renewing my teaching license. The last time I did so, five years ago, I had a remarkably fast turnaround, getting my new license in less than 10 days. I knew it would be different this time – everything is different now – so I hit the button and forgot about it.

The email arrived on Thursday

Now, it used to be that teachers got an actual license in the mail. Several years ago, they stopped sending the paper and gave you a digital image. This time through, I could find no digital image to send to HR. Instead the email stated, matter-of-factly that Employers can view your license record through the Public Search feature of eLicensing, and you can print a copy of the Licenses tab to use as proof of licensure.

Weird, I thought as I took a screen shot of the page and searched for the person in HR I should let know. Like, the image of my license, it was not to be found, but I found an orange button that said EMAIL HUMAN RESOURCES so I did.

I went back to the License Tab. When I’d filled out the form, I’d accidently left off one of my endorsements and I wanted to see if they’d included it. They had, but I discovered something far more interesting. My license expires on December 23, 2026. That’s the year I hit 30 years in our retirement system and the year I can retire on a full pension. This will be my last teaching license.

It would have been nice to get a paper copy.

6 Responses to “The License”

  1. arjeha November 23, 2021 at 7:58 am #

    Believe me, these last few years to retirement will quickly pass.
    Everything these days seems t be going paperless – a good thing, I guess. Like you, I like having a paper copy of important documents. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Adrienne November 23, 2021 at 7:59 am #

      Happy Thanksgiving to you & Kathy.

  2. Melanie White November 23, 2021 at 3:22 pm #

    This procedure is so foreign to me as I teach in Canada and our licenses are renewed annually with an automatic payment. We have a governance body which oversees our professional practice. But it’s the last few lines which had me rereading – for me, retirement is both enticing and frightening – perhaps this is too near for me.

    • Adrienne November 23, 2021 at 3:46 pm #

      I started teaching in Canada in 1988, before license renewal was a thing. The whole process here was so foreign to me, but now I know the hoops I need to jump through.

  3. Lisa Corbett November 23, 2021 at 3:27 pm #

    Do you have to do anything more than pay a fee for this? We don’t get printed copies our our OCT license any more either, but the printed copy is exactly the same as what we would have been given. I will surely print my last copy!

    • Adrienne November 23, 2021 at 3:46 pm #

      My district has to turn in proof that I have done a certain amount of PD, but it is really about paying the fee.

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