How to Apply for your Substitute License in Illinois

Swing Education partners with over 100 schools in Cook county, and we’d love to get you into the classroom. In order to do so, you’ll need a Substitute License.

Luckily, getting your substitute license is just a few simple steps!

1. Create your ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System) account here

2. Apply for a new license

Once your account is created, log in to ELIS and click on Apply for a New License, Endorsement, or Approval

On the home screen, complete the application


  • A $50 fee will be assessed electronically when the application is submitted (please have a credit card available)
  • Note: ISBE is now offering reimbursements for the application fee if you work 10 days after receiving your Sub License. Learn more here.
  • Make sure to upload your receipt to your Swing Education account to let our team know that you've completed this step. 

3. Request a digital transcript from your University. 

Please contact your university and have them email your official digital transcript to:

Once complete, click I requested my transcript in your Swing Education account


4. Register your Sub License and Share your IEIN # with us 

Once your application is approved and your transcripts are received (typically 1-2 weeks), you will receive an email from ISBE (the Illinois State Board of Education), prompting you to log back into your account to register your Sub License.

Note: You will register for the region in which you desire to work, and we strongly advise registering in Cook County — most of our school partners are located there.

Additionally, you will need to register in each place you work thereafter. To do this, simply follow the prompts in the email from ISBE. Once logged in, click “Registrations” in your Action Center and follow the prompts to finish license registration. You will also see a yellow banner, which you can click.

Please note that ELIS has a $60 fee for registering your new sub license. Follow the prompts to submit and pay the $60 registration fee (please have a credit card available). Once registered, please confirm with Swing by uploading your receipt in your Swing Education account.

Also Note: Your sub license will be valid for 5 years, after which you will simply pay a fee to renew your license after the 5-year period. 

After your license is registered, your IEIN # will be valid. Please make sure to share this with Swing Education by logging into your Swing Education account. Once verified, we can move you onto your next onboarding steps.