Childcare Worker

The Office of the City Clerk licenses all childcare workers operating within city limits.

This license requires a background check which must be conducted in person for fingerprinting at City Hall. Fingerprinting must be completed before your license will be processed.

New License

The City of Boise offers fee-free applications for new childcare workers. This includes background check fees, licensing fees and processing fees. This change only applies to new childcare workers, not those renewing a license.

Apply for a License

Apply online or in-person at Boise City Hall. Beginning with the application allows you time to accomplish other requirements while your application is processed. If this is your first time applying or renewing a license online, you’ll need to create an account first.

If you are applying in-person at Boise City Hall, you may also begin the background check process at this time. Background checks require fingerprinting at City Hall.

Begin Your Application

Registry Check

All licensed childcare workers in the City of Boise must undergo a Central Registry Check from every state you’ve lived in over the previous five years, including Idaho. The Central Registry Check is managed through each individual state. A full list of state Central Registry Check contact information is available here.

Please note, it is up to you to make sure the results of the registry check from each state is sent to the City of Boise at cityclerk@cityofboise.org or dropped off at Boise City Hall.

Central Registry Check

CPR + First Aid Training

Childcare workers must undergo CPR and first aid training.

Provide a current First Aid and CPR certification for pediatric and adult or infant, child, and adult endorsements from one of the following agencies: American Heart Association, American Red Cross or American Safety and Health Institute. Fully online courses are not accepted.

Background Check + Fingerprinting

If you completed your application online and have not come into Boise City Hall for fingerprinting, you must do so now. Your license will not be processed until you have completed fingerprinting. Boise City Hall is located at 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702.

Juvenile background checks require a legal guardian with ID be present to authorize the application.


NEW! Temporary Childcare Worker License Status

New childcare workers may obtain a ‘Temporary Childcare Worker License Status’ while state registry checks are being processed. The temporary license status may be issued only after applicants have undergone the city background check and fingerprinting. Temporary license status is good for 60 days and may not be renewed. Please note, childcare workers with a temporary license status must be supervised at all times.

Additionally, if all requirements are not fulfilled during the temporary license period, the license will be revoked, and the applicant must begin the licensing again without the option of receiving a temporary license status.

License Renewal Requirements

Licenses may be renewed up to 60 days in advance and will not affect your expiration date.

  • Child Protection Registry Check from every state you’ve lived in for the past 5 years, including Idaho. This check is required every three years from the date of your initial application.
  • Current First Aid + CPR Certification for pediatric and adult or infant, child, and adult endorsements from one of the following agencies: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or American Safety and Health Institute. Fully online courses are not accepted.
  • Valid Photo ID
    • Student IDs are acceptable for applicants 13-17 years old
  • Child Development Training Credits (Level requirements based on Boise City Code 3-6-18)
    • Level 1: 14 credits
    • Level 2: 10 credits
    • Level 3: 8 credits
  • Background Check + Fingerprinting + ID Photo
    • Background checks and fingerprinting must be done at Boise City Hall. (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702)
    • Juvenile background checks require a legal guardian with ID be present to authorize the application.

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