The Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB) is working on the development and implementation of a new background
check data system. The name of the system is Guardian and is expected to go live Fall 2020. Guardian will ensure
background checks are completed faster and more efficiently, while making the process easier for applicants and
facilities to request exemptions. Facilities will have the ability to process clearance and exemption transfers and
will be able to manage their rosters online. Another added benefit of Guardian is the online payment capability for
TrustLine and Home Care Aide Registry applicants and renewals. Users of Guardian will be able to upload documents
electronically, check their exemption status and receive communications through their respective portals. For
questions regarding Guardian, feel free to
send us an email.
Caregiver Background Check Bureau
What Is the Caregiver Background Check Bureau?
The Community Care Licensing Division’s Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB) was established in
January of 1992 to help protect children and vulnerable individuals who are receiving care. The CBCB applies the
statutory requirements of Health and Safety Code sections 1522, 1568.09, 1569.17, 1596.871, and 1796.19. Prior to
January 1992, this function was performed by the regional offices of the California Department of Social Services.
Background checks, sometimes known as criminal history checks, include only criminal history information. They do
not include, for example, consumer credit or immigration status information.
The CBCB manages the background check process on all licensed community care facilities, their
employees, volunteers and non-client adults residing in a facility. The CBCB also manages background checks on home
care aides, unlicensed child care providers registered through TrustLine, and out-of-state child abuse checks for
foster care. These individuals must submit fingerprints to the California Department of Justice via LiveScan, then a
criminal history check and Federal Bureau of Investigation check are performed. If an individual is associated to a
facility serving children, a Child Abuse Central Index check also is performed.
An individual must obtain a criminal record clearance before working, residing in or volunteering in a licensed
facility. If the individual has been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, the individual
cannot work or be present in any community care facility unless he/she receives a criminal record exemption.
Want to Find Out More About Caregiver Background Checks?
Please take a look at the information and resources below.