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 you complete the items above:

When your packet is completed and all requirements for a certificate is received and the fingerprinting/criminal history background investigation check is completed, 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 interim certificate, to get a valid five (5)-year credential, you must:

  • Meet current standards for the certificate(s) and endorsement(s) requested. All deficiencies noted on the interim certificate must be completed before the renewable five (5)-year initial Idaho certificate/credential will be granted.
  • You will need to turn in a new application, fee, and documentation to obtain the five (5)-year credential.


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