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KARES (Kentucky Applicant Registry and Employment Screening)

The requirement for mandatory participation in Kentucky’s National Background Check Program (also referred to as KARES) no longer is in effect as of March 15, 2016 when he Cabinet for Health and Family Services withdrew 906 KAR 1:190E and 906 KAR 1:190.

Although participation is no longer mandatory, eligible entities may participate in Kentucky’s National Background Check Program voluntarily.  The cost for a state and national criminal background check facilitated under KARES remains $20 at this time.
To enroll in KARES voluntarily, please go to the For Providers tab on the left for information on how to sign up for KARES.

If you have program specific questions, please email the KARES Helpdesk  or call (502) 564-2159.

The KARES Web Portal

KARES is a web portal build to support the Kentucky National Background Check Program (NBCP), a fingerprint-supported state and FBI background check program available to long-term care employers. By adding FBI checks to currently required background checks, employers are helping to ensure their applicants will not be able to hide criminal actions committed in other states.

All long-term care employers eligible to participate in the Kentucky NBCP are able to complete their program enrollment online and immediately begin taking advantage of these checks. 

Types of Providers Currently Eligible to Participate Kentucky's NBCP
  • Long-term care facilities, including nursing facilities, nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, Alzheimer’s nursing homes, personal care homes, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with  intellectual disabilities;
  • Nursing pools providing staff to long-term care facilities;
  • Adult day health care programs;
  • Assisted-living communities;
  • Home health agencies;
  • Personal services agencies;
  • Providers of hospice care, including residential hospice providers; and
  • Providers of home and community-based service


Last Updated 4/21/2017