California law established the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act which, as of January 2016, requires Home Care Organizations to be licensed and creates a public online registry for Home Care Aides who have been background checked. This law is intended to promote consumer protection for elderly and disabled individuals who hire private aides to come into their homes and provide assistance with activities of daily living.

Currently implementation of this law is underway in the newly formed Home Care Services Bureau which will oversee the licensing and oversight of the Home Care Organizations, the application process for the Home Care Aides, and the maintenance of the Registry. The Caregiver Background Check Bureau will oversee the criminal background checks.

Please click the link to view Assembly Bill 1217.



The Department has issued Written Directives to implement the law, which contain the written processes, standards, and requirements. The Written Directives have the same force and effect as regulations. The Department will revise these Directives as needed. 

Please be sure to view the most recent version of the Written Directives. 

Current Version:

Version 5: Effective October 1, 2017

Previous Versions:

Version 4.1: Effective February 15, 2017

Version 4: Effective December 1, 2016

Version 3: Effective July 1, 2016

Version 2 : Effective January 1, 2016

Version 1 : Effective January 1, 2016