Licensure Alignment FAQs

Ohio educators who have multiple five-year professional licenses expiring at different times may align their licenses to take on the same effective year.  As a license expires and you are ready to renew it, you may align it to another valid five-year professional license.

Aligning your licenses means you are changing the effective year of one or more currently expiring licenses to match the effective year of another (active) license. Once your licenses are aligned, they will all have the same expiration date. This will allow you to renew all of them at the same time, which will reduce your licensure costs and allow you to use the same professional development to renew all your professional licenses.

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How Do I Align My Licenses?

Please complete the online application through your OH|ID account. You will need to select the action to ALIGN your expiring license(s) to a previously issued (active) license. You will then need to select the credential to which you are aligning in the application. Please note that the option to align is not available for all license types (e.g. supplemental, substitute, etc.)

Example: Your five-year professional principal license expires in 2019. You also have an Intervention Specialist license that expires in 2022 (validity period 2017-2022). When you are ready to renew your principal license, select the action ALIGN (not Renew) to begin the align application. You will then select your Intervention Specialist license as the credential you are aligning your principal license to in this application. The system will automatically change the effective year of your principal license to 2017.

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When Can I Align My Licenses?

You may align your licenses only when one of them is up for renewal. You may not align until the expiration year of one of your licenses. 

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What Requirements Do I Need to Meet to Align My Licenses?
You must meet the renewal requirements for a currently expiring professional license at the time you align your licenses. Please see our renewal webpage for more information. 

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I’m Applying for a New License. Can I Align It to My Previously Issued License?

The Department cannot backdate an initial license to align it with another license. Your new license will only align to your previously issued license if that license was issued with the same effective year. However, you will be able to align your licenses once one of them is up for renewal.

Example: You renewed your Early Childhood (P-3) license for 2018 (validity period 2018-2023). You also completed requirements for a new Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS) license in 2018. When you complete the application for the new ECIS license, you may select 2018 for the effective year, which will align both your licenses.

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How Much Will Aligning My Licenses Cost?

One professional license costs $200. Each additional license that is aligned to that license will cost only $20. You may align two professional licenses at the reduced cost of $220, rather than $400 (the cost of two professional licenses issued with different effective years).

Example: Your Integrated Language Arts (7-12) license expires in 2019. You want to align it to your Library/Media (P-12) license, which expires in 2020. The system will charge you only $20 to align your Integrated Language Arts license to your Library/Media license during the online application process. Then when you complete the application to RENEW your licenses in 2020, you will pay only $220 for both.

Please note that you will be charged the full amount for each license that is not aligned to another license during the renewal application process. Please see our licensure fees webpage for more information regarding licensure fees.

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Do I Need to Align My Licenses Every Renewal Period?

Once you align your licenses, they will keep the same effective year going forward. At the next renewal period you will select the action to RENEW (not Align) during the online application process. You will still pay only $200 for the first professional license and $20 for each additional license.

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Application Instructions

  • Access your OH|ID account.
  • Click Educator Licensure and Records (CORE).
  • Complete the online application from your CORE Dashboard.
  • See the CORE User Manual for complete instructions.

Last Modified: 10/29/2019 3:10:09 PM