How to Verify a GED/HSED Credential

Employers, colleges, and universities who only need to verify that a candidate has a GED or HSED from Wisconsin and the date of issuance (without obtaining certified test scores, transcripts, or credentials) may fax a request to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Here are the key steps:


Fax a request to 608/267-9275, the request may be on one sheet of paper and must contain the following:

  • Candidate's name (or names) at time of testing.
  • Candidate's full date of birth
  • Candidate's full social security number
  • Approximate (or actual) year when tests were taken (if known)
  • Location of testing (if known)
  • Confirmation that you have a signed release on file from the candidate.

We will fax back confirmation of the following:

  • Record that a GED or HSED was issued and the date, or
  • Confirmation that we have no record given the information provided,
  • Indication that the candidate must contact our office to clear up discrepancies.


Every attempt will be made to complete verifications within 2 business days of receipt.

At this time, phone verifications are not possible.

If a certified transcript or duplicate credential is needed, please use this process: How to Order GED/HSED Transcripts and Credentials


Contact:  Beth Lewis, GED/HSED Administrator, 608-267-1062

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Judy Stowell, Office Operations Associate, 608-267-9245 or call toll-free 800-768-8886

FAX: 608-267-9275


For questions about this information, contact Judy Stowell (608) 267-9245