Licensure Application Process

Idaho law requires the licensure of all persons who practice or offer to practice counseling and therapy in the State of Idaho.  Licensure is also required for those engaged in clinical practice. The Idaho Board issues licenses for Counselors (LPC), Clinical Practice Counselors (LCPC), Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFT) and Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (LAMFT).  A license may be obtained through endorsement or examination.   All applicants must certify under oath that they have reviewed and will abide by the laws, rules, and ethics governing the practice of counseling and marriage & family therapy. Exam Dates. (Downloadable applications may be found at the bottom of this page.)


Rule 149(05) Deadline. To be considered by the Board, a properly completed application together with all supporting documentation and required fees must be received by the Bureau at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the next scheduled meeting of the Board.

The Bureau must receive completed applications at least 7 days prior to the next scheduled board meeting in order to be reviewed by the Board. Applications received less than 7 days in advance will be held until a subsequent meeting.

Application Deadline Meeting Date
January 31, 2019 February 7 & 8, 2019
May 30, 2019 June 6 & 7, 2019
July 18, 2019 July 25 & 26, 2019
October 17, 2019 October 24 & 25, 2019

                                                                                        Supervised Experience

Specific rules concerning intern and supervisor registration have been implemented and should be reviewed prior to making application.  A list of approved supervisors is also available.

Marriage & Family Therapy

Idaho does provide specific licensure for those who wish to practice solely as Marriage & Family Therapists.  The qualifications for this individual discipline, and its scope of practice, is outlined in law and rule.

A frequently asked question is, "If I have a current Counselor license and wish to practice marriage & family therapy, am I required to obtain a Marriage & Family Therapy license as well?"

The definition of the practice of professional counseling under Section 54-3401.(8), Idaho Code, reads in part as follows:
"The practice of professional counseling includes, but is not limited to:
    (a) Individual, group, marriage and family counseling and therapy;
....The use of specific methods, techniques, or modalities within the practice of  professional counseling is restricted to professional counselors appropriately trained in the use of such methods, techniques or modalities."

Based on that definition, an additional marriage & family therapy license would not be required.  The licensee should, however, bear in mind the requirement of being "...appropriately trained in the use of such methods, techniques or modalities." 

The application for a marriage & family therapy license may be downloaded below.

You may download Application Forms here or request an application by writing: 

Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street, PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0063

Please provide your name, address, & phone number with your request.