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Who is required to be licensed?

Caregivers or Daycare providers MUST be licensed through the State Daycare Program if they

  • Provide care for 7 or more children
  • Receive compensation for providing care for one or more of those children

Note: Local ordinances or participation in certain programs may require you to be licensed even if you meet exemption criteria.

The following are exempt from State Daycare Licensing requirements:

  • The occasional or irregular care of a neighbor’s, relative’s or friend’s child or children by a person not ordinarily in the business of daycare;
  • The operation of a private school or religious school for educational purposes for children over four years of age, or a religious kindergarten
  • The occasional care provided exclusively for children of parents who are simultaneously in the same building
  • The operation of day camps, programs and religious schools for less than twelve weeks during a calendar year or not more often than once a week
  • Providing care for children who are related to you within the second degree of relationship (parents, step-parents, grandparents and their spouses, uncles and aunts and their spouses, first cousins and their spouses, nephews and nieces and their spouses, siblings and their spouses)
  • Daycare facilities licensed by a city or county, not requiring state licensing.

Daycare Licensing instructions and requirements

Click the title of each topic below for more information about Daycare Licensing.

Daycare Licensing Forms

Daycare Licensing Application

Instrucciones y solicitud de licencia para guarderías infantiles

Required application form for a New Daycare License and for a Daycare License Renewal
NOTE: This form must be printed to be filled out. Follow instructions on the form to submit it.

Authorization and Request for Search of Juvenile Justice Records

Required form used to request a check of juvenile records when anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 works at or is frequently on the Daycare premises.

Idaho State Police Name-based Criminal Background Check Form

Fire Safety Inspection for State Daycare Licensing

Contact Information

Connect with a Vendor Specialist Monday through Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm, MST.

Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588

Mail Applications to:
Daycare Licensing Program
4355 W. Emerald St., Ste. 250
Boise, ID 83706

Fax Applications to:

Email licensing questions to