License renewal resources

This page is currently being updated. If you are an MTA member and have specific questions regarding educator license renewal, please email us at

The information below applies to educators renewing a license before July 1, 2016. If you have questions about SEI or RETELL, please visit the MTA's RETELL toolkit.

Educator Licensing

ELAR, or Educator Licensing and Recruitment, is the web-based system for applying and renewing educator licenses in Massachusetts and accessing information about your account. You can create/access an ELAR account at

All educators holding professional-level educator licenses must renew their license(s) every five years. The expiration dates are listed on all Professional licenses. Paper copies of educator license are no longer mailed to educators. An unofficial copy of any license can be accessed in the ELAR system. If your require an official paper copy of your license, you can request a hard copy in ELAR or by completing the form found at 

Additional Resources

To assist members in understanding the complex recertification process, MTA has developed this tool:

Click here for information from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education has information on advancing, extending or renewing your license.

Chapter 74 (Vocational/Technical) License Renewal Resources

MTA Slideshow for educators currently employed under the Chapter 74 license

MTA Slideshow for educators not currently employed under the Chapter 74 license