This application is for individuals who want to reestablish an expired five (5)-year Idaho certificate. A non-renewable, three (3)-year interim certificate may be issued to the applicant who holds an expired five (5) - year Idaho certificate. During the validity period of the three (3)-year interim certificate, the applicant must meet all requirements listed for the specific certificate and endorsement areas.

A complete packet must include the following items:


  • Checks and money order 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 (5) business days. For questions regarding the BIC process, please call (208) 332-6888.

Mail complete packet to:

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

Once the application is complete and processed:

When you application packet is completed and processed, the applicant will be issued an Interim Certificate valid for three (3)-years, expiring August 31 of the appropriate year.

While the applicant has the three (3) year Interim Certificate, to qualify for the five (5)-year renewable certificate, the applicant must:

  • Provide written summative evaluations verifying two (2) years of successful certificated experience in Idaho K-12 schools
  • Provide evidence of annual progress on specific goals identified on an Individualized Professional Learning Plan (IPLP)
  • Provide completion of six (6) credit renewal requirement
  • Complete any applicable requirement for the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course or Mathematical Thinking for Instruction Course

All conditions noted on the Interim Certificate must be completed before the five (5)-year renewable Idaho certificate will be granted.


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