This process is intended for those who hold an Idaho certificate that has expired and who desire to return to the teaching profession. A non-renewable, three (3) year interim certificate may be issued to an applicant reinstating his/her expired Idaho certificate. During the validity period, the applicant must meet all current requirements listed for the specific certificate and endorsement(s) including the appropriate content, pedagogy and performance assessments.
If the applicant meets all of the current certificate/endorsement requirements, a renewable five (5)-year certificate/credential may be issued.
1) Completed and signed application ( Form B1 - Application for an Idaho Certificate/Credential)
2) Application fee - $75
Checks and money orders are to be made payable to the State Department of Education. Credit cards are not accepted. Payment is non-refundable. Cash in exact amount will be accepted for walk-ins.
$75 for the certificate/credential fee
$40 for the criminal history check (A complete packet must include the following items:)
One check or money order for both fees is acceptable. The $75 certification fee is valid for only two (2) years. If a certificate is not issued within two (2) years from receipt of the application, a new $75 fee will be required.
3) Completed fingerprint card (required if not already on file, if the applicant has had a break in service or if the applicant is changing districts). A $40 processing fee must be included with the completed fingerprint card. The Idaho certificate/credential will not be issued until the results of the background investigation check are received from the BCI/FBI. Another background check is not required if the candidate has a valid background check on file with the SDE and is still employed in the same school district without a break in service.
Fingerprint cards are not available on the State Department of Education website. To obtain a fingerprint card please email Brenda Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address. Once you receive the fingerprint card, take it to your local police department or sheriff’s office and have your prints rolled on the card. Return the fingerprint card, $40 fee, and forms with your Idaho teacher application packet.
Upon completion of the above-noted items and verification that all requirements for a certificate/credential are met (pending results of the fingerprinting/criminal history background check) the applicant will be issued an interim certificate valid for three (3) years, during which time the following must be met in order to apply for a valid five (5)-year credential:
Interim certificates are issued for three (3) years, a cycle beginning September 1 of the year issued and expiring August 31 of the appropriate year, unless otherwise specified.
NOTE: If a certificate/credential is allowed to lapse, the state cannot reinstate certificates or endorsements no longer offered.
Mail completed application materials to:
State Department of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027