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Colorado CAPS Check Unit

Welcome to the Colorado CAPS Check Unit (CCU) website. This website explains the CAPS check requirements and how to request CAPS checks.

Guide to the CAPS Check process

The CCU website provides instructions for each step of the CAPS check registration and request process.

Learn how to register your agency or update your agency's registration.

Learn how to set up your personal requestor account.

Download an Employee Authorization Form.

Learn how to submit and pay for a CAPS check request.

About the CAPS Check system

The law requires certain agencies to request a check of the Adult Protective Services (APS) data system (called CAPS) to determine if certain individuals have been substantiated in an APS case of mistreatment of an at-risk adult. Mistreatment includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, caretaker neglect, exploitation, and harmful acts. Read more about the law.

Important things to remember

CAPS Check requests do not replace any other background checks that are currently required for your agency.

Your agency must be registered with the CAPS Check Unit prior to requesting CAPS Checks. Potential employees must complete and sign the Employee Written Authorization Form before their CAPS Check request is submitted.

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The CAPS Check Unit will return results within five business days.

CAPS Checks will not be performed on state-observed holidays.

Please note: Per the Colorado Code of Regulations, 12 CCR 2518-1, Volume 30.960.H, the fee for the CAPS Check may be adjusted with 30 days' notice, provided via this website.

Stakeholder engagement opportunities: Oct. 27-28 feedback sessions regarding amendments to CAPS Check statutes
Please join Adult Protective Services for a stakeholder feedback session on Oct. 27 and 28. CDHS is contemplating proposed legislation relating to pre-employment background checks of the APS data system (CAPS Checks). CDHS proposes amending the CAPS Check statutes to clarify statutory requirements for staffing agencies' participation in CAPS Checks, including information sharing requirements between staffing agencies and employers. The proposed changes seek to reduce potential duplication of efforts and improve efficiency of the CAPS Check process for employers who utilize staffing agencies to meet their staffing needs as well as those staffing agencies who partner with employers for this purpose. We currently do not have a draft bill, but the purpose of these meetings is to get input on language to include in the legislation. CDHS will provide an overview of the intent of the proposal and open the remainder of the meeting to questions and comments from attendees. Once there is a bill draft, we are committed to meet again.
We will hold two sessions. Details and meeting joining information is below. Please refer to the APS website for updates throughout this process. If you are unable to attend these sessions, they will be recorded and posted to the APS website within one week of the meetings, and the website will be maintained with current information including additional opportunities for public comment.
Oct. 27, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Join online:
Join by phone: 337.359.2614‬ PIN: ‪221 013 080‬#
Oct. 28, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Join online:
Join by phone: 520.549.1102‬ PIN: ‪445 309 626‬#