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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 regisation.

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.

Stakeholder Feedback Opportunity: CAPS Checks Rulemaking 

S.B. 23-040: CAPS Checks and Staffing Agencies

The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Adult Protective Services program welcomes your participation in rulemaking for the CAPS Check process. This process is underway to implement the recently passed S.B. 23-040 ("Staffing Agency CAPS Checks"), which establishes role clarity for CAPS Checks when employers obtain staffing resources through a 3rd party agency meeting the definition of "staffing agency" as defined in the bill. The bill also authorizes previously prohibited information sharing between agencies supplying staff to employers and the employers receiving staff to ensure efficiency and reduction of duplicated efforts. These changes are set to go into effect in January 2024. Rulemaking will proceed over the coming months. We would appreciate your feedback! 

The Department held two virtual listening sessions for interested stakeholders in June 2023. Listening sessions included a brief overview of the draft rule changes, with the remainder of the time open for public questions and comments.The recordings of both sessions are linked below. This website will be maintained with current information throughout the rulemaking process. including additional opportunities for public comment.  

Rulemaking status and Related Documents: 

The APS policy task group has recommended the draft rules to the CDHS Aging and Adult SubPAC. The SubPAC will review these rules in in its Aug. meeting. View information on how to join the SubPAC meetings
For additional questions related to this rulemaking, you can also provide feedback in the following ways:

  • Feedback Form: you are welcome to complete this form to send us any thoughts, questions, or concerns about the Rule draft. We will collect and monitor this form periodically throughout the rulemaking process. 
  • Contact us directly: 

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.