Eligibility Review

When all needed information is received (See checklist), your application will be reviewed and your eligibility for a CWEL will be determined. The day after all criteria have been met, you will receive full status as a licensed employee via an electronic exchange between CWEL and CYCIS. To get updates on your application status, or to have your employer verify your license, you may call the
CWEL STATUS LINE at 217-546-3540

License Certificates will be mailed to your home address. If you do not meet the criteria to be licensed after a review of all materials, you will be notified in writing by the Office of Child Welfare Employee Licensing.

Here are some reasons why you may not meet criteria and some steps you can take to resolve them.

  1. No applicant can receive a license who has pending or indicated reports of child abuse or neglect against them. Your license application will not be considered until any pending child abuse/neglect report is resolved. If the report is found to be indicated, a CWEL cannot be awarded unless, or until, the accusations are expunged in court.
  2. No applicant can be licensed who has a pending charge or criminal conviction of any offense that is stipulated under the Criminal Code of 1961 listed in Section 4.2 of the Child Care Act. If any eligible criminal charges are pending and currently against you, your license application cannot be considered until there is a written resolution of those charges sent from the court to the Office of Child Welfare Employee Licensing, 227 S. 7th Street, St. # 122 Springfield, IL 62701 and to your employer's personnel office. That means the Office of Employee Services for DCFS staff and for POS includes the Central Office of Licensing, because they oversee Rule 401 compliance.
  3. No license will be granted to a person who is in default of an educational loan. If you have such a default, you must arrange for a letter to be sent from your college financial aid office directly to the Office of Direct Child Welfare Employee Licensing stating that you now are cleared of that default status and have made arrangements to pay as detailed in that letter.
  4. No license will be granted to an applicant who has a delinquency record in paying a child support order. If you have such a delinquency, you must have a letter sent from the court to the Office of Direct Child Welfare Employee Licensing showing that you have addressed this delinquency and are now following the child support order.
  5. You did not pass the test. See section on Remediation.