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Employee and Contractor Background Check Process

Entities must complete background checks for all employees and contractors meeting the definition of a "caregiver" under Wis. Stat. § 50.065(1)(ag)1. These caregiver background checks are required at the time of hire, whenever there is a change in circumstances (arrest, conviction, government investigation, etc.) and at least every four years.

To obtain a caregiver background check online:

  1. The employee or contractor must complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID), F-82064.
  2. The entity must request a caregiver (note: this option must be selected) background check from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) using the Wisconsin Online Record Check System (WORCS).
  3. Pay $10 per person fee to DOJ with a debit or credit card through WORCS.

Note: A log in to the WORCS system is not necessary, but providers can follow the steps outlined by DOJ to request a billing account.

If the entity is unable to submit an online request, complete the following steps:

  1. The employee or contractor must complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID), F-82064.
  2. Review Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), Background Check & Criminal History Information and complete a Wisconsin Criminal History Record Request by using either:

    Mark "Caregiver-General" under Request Purpose. Mail completed form along with appropriate fee payable to "Department of Justice" and self-addressed stamped envelope to:

    Crime Information Bureau
    Attn: Record Check Unit
    PO Box 2688
    Madison, WI 53701-2688
  3. Pay $15 per person fee to DOJ with a check or money order.

Additional information requirements

In some circumstances, entities may be required to obtain additional information, such as judgments of conviction, criminal complaints, out-of-state background checks, and military discharge documents. For additional information, please see chs. 3 and 4 of the Wisconsin Caregiver Program Manual, P-00038 (PDF).

Resources for Reviewing Employee and Contractor Background Checks

The following resource links can be used when reviewing a caregiver background check in addition to the caregiver background check results from DOJ.

Contact us

If you have questions about the employee and contractor background check process, please email the Office of Caregiver Quality.

Last revised August 22, 2023