This application is for individuals who are from out-of-state who:

  • Hold a current, valid certificate in another state, or
  • Have completed an educator preparation program approved by NCATE/TEAC/CAEP within the last two years

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
  • $27.00 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.

  • The certificate must have a visible, valid time period
  • A copy of a current, valid out-of-state certificate is required if you did not complete an NCATE, TEAC, OR CAEP-approved certification program in the last 2 years. If you completed an NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP-approved certification program in the last 2 years, an Institutional Recommendation will be accepted in place of the out-of-state certificate
  • If your state does not issue hard copy certificates, include a copy printed from its website verifying your certification. This copy does not need to be notarized

  • Official transcripts must verify at least a baccalaureate degree and certification and endorsement areas
  • Official transcripts may be opened by the applicant as long as they are printed on the institution’s original security paper
  • Please include transcripts with your packet in order to expedite your application
  • If transcripts are not included with your packet, please note in your application whether you are sending them electronically or by mail
  • Transcripts will not be accepted until two weeks after the application is received as we cannot link them to your application until it is received
  • Official transcripts sent electronically/faxed directly from the university/college are acceptable

  • Content Area Assessment scores are only required for Standard Instructional Certificates
    • Content Area Assessment scores are not needed for Administrator or Pupil Service Staff Certificates
    • If you have taken content testing (e.g. PRAXIS, etc.) to obtain your out-of-state certificate, please include a photocopy of the score sheets with your application packet
    • Applicants without content testing will still be issued a three-year interim certificate based on the current, valid out-of-state credential or Institutional Recommendation from an NCATE/TEAC/CAEP accredited program



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