Background Investigation Check

According to §33-130, Idaho Code, the State Department of Education, through the cooperation of the Idaho State Police, shall establish a system to obtain a background investigation check on individuals who have unsupervised contact with students in a public K-12 setting.

The background investigation check is completed through:

  1. Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification
  2. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  3. Statewide Sex Offender Registry

  • All applicants for certificates
  • All public school employees
  • Substitute teachers
  • Contractors who have unsupervised contact with students in a public K-12 setting, including contractors who are providing student services
  • Student teachers or any postsecondary candidates who have unsupervised contact with students in a public K-12 setting
  • Volunteers who have unsupervised contact with students in a public K-12 setting
  • Any individuals who have unsupervised contact with students in a public K-12 setting
  • Please send an email to fingerprintrequest@sde.idaho.gov with your mailing address to obtain an Idaho State Department of Education fingerprint card, or visit us at 650 W. State St, Second Floor, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm to pick one up. You must fingerprint on an Idaho SDE fingerprint card.
  • Once you receive the fingerprint packet, take it to your local police department or sheriff’s office and have your prints rolled on the card. Please also have them fill out the necessary forms that go with it.

If it is the applicant’s first time completing a background investigation check through the State Department of Education or the background investigation check was completed more than six (6) months ago, complete and submit the following to the State Department of Education:


If the applicant’s previous background check was completed less than six (6) months ago, complete and submit the following to the State Department Education:


Frequently Asked Questions