Home Care Aide Registration
If you would like to register as a Home Care Aide, proceed to the Home Care Aide Registry. You may also check the status of your registration by entering your 10 digit PER/HCA ID # and full name. Home Care Aide application forms can be found here.
Please note that in order to complete your registration, you must have an active background clearance granted through the Caregiver Background Check Bureau. Once you have completed your registration, please complete the LIC 9163 and submit your fingerprints through a Livescan vendor. For a list of approved Livescan vendors in your area, please visit the California Department of Justice website.
Changes to Registration:
If you need to make changes to your name and/or mailing address, please fax a completed HCS 105 to (916) 651-5600 or mail a completed copy to;
Home Care Services Bureau
744 P St. MS 9-14-90
Sacramento, CA 95814
Independent Home Care Aides
An independent Home Care Aide is defined as an individual, 18 years of age or older, who is not employed by a home care organization, but who is listed on the home care aide registry and is providing home care services through a direct agreement with a client. A Home Care Aide may apply as an independent Home Care Aide initially and the Home Care Organization may request a transfer of the Home Care Aide’s clearance or criminal record exemption once the Home Care Aide is registered on the Home Care Aide Registry.
Background Check Process
If you have questions regarding the processing of your background check, please contact the Caregiver Background Check Bureau at (888) 422-5669.
The California Health and Safety Code requires a background check of all community care license applicants, community care licensees, adult residents, volunteers under certain conditions and employees of community care facilities who have contact with clients. If an individual has been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, the individual cannot work or be present in any community care facility unless he/she receives a criminal record exemption from the Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB). A criminal record exemption is a CDSS-authorized written document that "exempts" the individual from the requirement of having a criminal record clearance.
How the Background Check is Conducted: When an individual submits fingerprints, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) conducts a criminal history check. If the individual has no criminal history, DOJ forwards a clearance notice to the applicant or licensee and to the CBCB. If the individual has a criminal history, DOJ sends a criminal record transcript to CBCB showing arrests and convictions. The CBCB staff review the transcript and if the convictions are for crimes that may be exempted, the CBCB sends an exemption notification letter to the applicant or licensee and to the individual. The letter explains how to request an exemption and lists the documents/information that must be submitted to request an exemption. The individual can not be present (work, reside or volunteer) in the facility until an exemption is granted by the CBCB.
If you have questions regarding the processing of your exemption, please contact the Caregiver Background Check Bureau at (888) 422-5669.
Before an individual can obtain a community care license, or provide services, work or reside in a community care facility, he/she must receive a criminal record clearance from the Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB).An individual convicted of any crime other than minor traffic violations is disqualified unless the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) grants an exemption from the clearance requirement.All convictions other than minor traffic violations require an exemption, and this includes misdemeanors, felonies and convictions that occurred a long time ago.
An exemption is a CDSS-authorized written document that "exempts" the individual from the requirement of having a criminal record clearance.The CDSS is prohibited by law from granting exemptions to individuals convicted of certain crimes (non-exemptible crimes).Currently, there are 59 non-exemptible crimes, including murder, rape, torture, kidnapping and crimes requiring sex offender registration, and the non-exemptible crimes are listed here.If an individual is convicted of a non-exemptible crime, that individual cannot work in any licensed facility or for a health care organization, and an individual’s application will be denied or the license revoked based on the conviction.The CDSS also has the authority and responsibility to investigate arrests to determine if the underlying conduct is substantiated and therefore presents a risk to the health and safety of clients who are in care.