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The National Background Check Program (NBCP) grant expired on May 19, 2017. Because federal NBCP grant funds are no longer available to subsidize the cost of facilitating State and FBI fingerprint checks, the fee has changed from $20 to $62 per check. In addition to the fingerprint check, the fee includes the cost of enrolling the applicant in the State rap back program for a period of five (5) years from the date of the fingerprint check, automated abuse registry checks, and ongoing abuse registry checks for active personnel. Access to these features is dependent on KARES continued operation. Please remember that the State rap back program and continual automated abuse registry checks are currently only available through the KARES system.

NOTE: If an applicant who is fingerprinted under the Kentucky NBCP is enrolled in State rap back service after the service became available on April 1, 2017, a new fingerprint check may not be necessary. Instead, a determination fee of $20 may be charged to any participating long-term care employer seeking to hire an “active” applicant who was previously determined to be eligible for employment. Under this process, the new employer will be able to verify the applicant’s eligibility status, add the applicant as an employee without need for a new fingerprint check, and maintain the applicant’s enrollment in the State rap back service until the applicant’s rap back renewal date, at which time a non-refundable fee of $5 will be charged for the 5-year renewal.

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.


Last Updated 5/22/2017