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KARES (Kentucky Applicant Registry and Employment Screening)

The Kentucky National Background Check Program offers an enhanced pre-employment background check screening through an electronic interface called KARES (Kentucky Applicant Registry and Employment Screening System). This background check process enables automatic abuse registry checks, including ongoing registry checks after employment date, as well as fingerprint based background checks through Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Kentucky’s program uses digital fingerprint scans, designed to reduce identification errors in the background check process and enable subscription to ongoing criminal checks via KARES web service. This program now offers a feature called Continuous Assessment, previously known as “rap back”, which enables update notifications for future arrests for active employees. New developments are also in process, which will enable system users to access any available Kentucky criminal history report.

For more information on the Continuous Assessment and system features, please refer to the FAQ section of this website.

To enroll in KARES voluntarily, please go to the For Providers tab for information on how to sign up for KARES.

Questions not address on this website may be emailed to the KARES Helpdesk.

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 eligible employers licensed by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 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.

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;
  • Providers of home and community-based service; and
  • Any other health facility or service licensed pursuant to KRS Chapter 216B that applies to participate voluntarily; and Any other provider licensed by the cabinet for which a state and national background check is required as a condition of employment.
  • For child care providers, contact the Department for Community Based Services.


Last Updated 3/8/2018