The certificated educator has sole responsibility for maintaining current, valid Idaho certification. For renewal purposes, the applicant must meet current State Board of Education rule and Idaho statutory renewal requirements.
Six (6) professional development credits must be completed in order to renew an Idaho Certificate/Credential. You are NOT required to submit verification of the 6 professional development credits with this application; however, the state will be auditing a minimum of 10% of teachers annually. You may receive a letter requesting the above documentation. If you are unable to provide the requested documentation and show proof of completion prior to signing this document, your certificate will be invalidated. Submitting a fraudulent application for certification is grounds for discipline (see Idaho Code of Ethics).
NOTE: The applicant is responsible for notifying the State Department of Education certification office of either a name change or change of address.
Certificates are valid from September 1 to August 31 of any given year. All regular Idaho credentials must be renewed every five (5) years to remain valid.
Certificates are renewed on September 1 of the year in which the certificate expires. The renewal application and $75 fee may be submitted anytime between January 1 and August 31 of the year in which the certificate expires. Current renewal/recertification requirements Click Here.
IMPORTANT: All certificated personnel will be required to complete at least six (6) semester credit hours or the equivalent within the five (5)-year period of validity of the certificate being renewed.
NOTE: You are NOT required to submit verification of the six (6) professional development credits with the renewal application; however, the state will be auditing a minimum of 10 percent of teachers annually. You may receive a letter requesting official transcripts and the verification of equivalent in-service. If you are unable to provide the requested documentation your certificate will not be renewed. Submitting a fraudulent application for certification is grounds for discipline (see Idaho Code of Ethics).
Recertification credits may not be carried over from one (1) renewal/recertification period to the next.
Two options are available for submitting your renewal. They are 1) Online with a credit card or 2) by mailing a completed packet as outlined below. You may only renew online if you are not making any changes to your personal information or credentials. If you need to change your address or name or need to update your credentials, you will need to mail us a completed packet.
Online Renewal - There will be a convenience fee of $3.25 added to each online renewal transaction. If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to mail a completed packet as described below.
NOTE: Copies of your renewed certificate will be mailed to your home address. Certificates cannot be mailed directly to the school district office.
Mail completed application materials to:
State Department of Education
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027