Final grade: C

Exclusion Grade


Relevance Grade


Due Process Grade



  • Bans boards from using vague standards like “good character” or “moral turpitude” to disqualify applicants.
  • Created a predetermination petition process for ex-offenders.

Areas of Improvement

  • Block boards from considering arrest records and old convictions.
  • Require boards to use the more stringent “directly related” standard.

In 2020, Idaho enacted its first overarching law to protect ex-offenders who want a license to work, earning a C for its final grade.

Idaho Code: §§ 67-9410 to 67-9411

Overarching ban on blanket bans Yes
Ban on considering arrest records No
Ban on considering post-conviction relief records No
Time limit No limit
Ban on vague, discretionary character standards Yes
Relationship between the crime and the license sought "Currently relevant"
Required factors for consideration
Rehabilitation Yes
Time elapsed since crime was committed Yes
Age when crime was committed No
Employment History No
Testimonials No
Due Process
Petition Process Yes
Burden of Proof Both unspecified
Right to appeal No
Written notice requirement No