The application process below is intended for individuals applying for a certificate in Idaho who have completed an educator preparation program in another country.


A complete application must include the following items:

  • Checks and money orders are to be made payable to the State Department of Education (SDE)
  • Credit cards are not accepted at this time
  • Payment is non-refundable
  • Cash in the exact amount will be accepted for walk-ins

Completed Background Investigation Check (BIC) Packet must include:

  • Background Investigation Check Form
  • Instructions for Handling Fingerprint Cards Form
  • Non-Criminal Justice Privacy Statement Form
  • State Department of Education Fingerprint Card
  • $28.25 processing fee
    • Checks and money orders are to be made payable to the State Department of Education (SDE)
    • Credit cards are not accepted at this time
    • Payment is non-refundable
    • Cash in the exact amount will be accepted for walk-ins

You may request a SDE BIC packet by sending an email with your name, full mailing address, and number of packets requested to fingerprintrequest@sde.idaho.gov. Packets will be mailed out within five (5) business days. For questions regarding the BIC process, please call (208) 332-6888

Documentation may include:

Applicants from a foreign country applying for an Idaho certificate must provide a written evaluation from an approved organization or commercial company that is qualified to evaluate foreign credentials and transcripts. This written evaluation must verify an academic equivalency to American-based education, including a course-by-course transcript summary.

Mail complete packet to:


State Department of Education
Attn: Teacher Certification
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027


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