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
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 email@example.com 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.
Individuals who have paid for their childcare worker application are eligible for no cost CPR and first aid through participating providers. Once your application is submitted you will be provided information regarding which providers are offering these classes and how to correctly select them.
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.
You may now schedule an appointment for fingerprinting at Boise City Hall online.
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.