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 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.