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.

Update (Jan. 5) — CAPS Check proposed legislation

CDHS is proposing 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. 
The Department held two virtual stakeholder engagement meetings to gather initial stakeholder thoughts prior to beginning development, as well as two additional stakeholder meetings to solicit feedback on the bill draft. The slide presentation from the most recent meetings can be accessed here. You can find links to the recordings of these meetings below. 
Recordings of stakeholder engagement meetings:

Initial feedback sessions:

Draft bill feedback sessions:

Contact information

For additional questions related to the proposed CAPS Check legislation, you can also contact us directly at: 

Stefanie Woodard, APS program manager: stefanie.woodard@state.co.us

Kara Harvey, Aging and Adult Services division director: kara.harvey@state.co.us