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Central Background Registry

Pausing Emergency Background Checks

Since March 2020, under Oregon’s declared COVID-19 state of emergency, the Early Learning Division (ELD) has provided an expedited process to conduct background checks for providers and staff of emergency child care. Emergency child care is defined in Executive Order 20-19.

Individuals not enrolled in the Central Background Registry (CBR) will have until June 7, 2021 to access this emergency background check process.  After June 7, ELD will initiate a 21-day pause in accepting emergency background checks for individuals not enrolled in the CBR. The ELD expects to return to the standard background check process, as required by Oregon law, on June 29, 2021. Read more below on the requirements for enrolling in the Central Background Check Registry.

In the event the current COVID-19 state of emergency declaration is extended beyond June 28, 2021, ELD will revisit this policy and notify providers and the public.

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION:

The Central Background Registry enrollment process can be lengthy, and we encourage individuals to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid delays.

In order to enroll in the Central Background Registry you can apply online or download the application below. The application is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Please contact us with questions at 503-947-1400 or 1-800-556-6616.

Who Needs to Enroll?

A person who wishes to seek employment as:

  • A child care provider who is required to be enrolled in the Central Background Registry by any state agency.
  • The owner, operator, employee or volunteer of a certified, registered or otherwise regulated child care facility that is subject to the jurisdiction of the Early Learning Division Office of Child Care.
  • The operator or an employee of an Oregon pre-kindergarten program or parent-as-teacher program under ORS 329.170 to 329.200.
  • The operator or an employee of a federal Head Start Program regulated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
  • A contractor or an employee of the contractor who provides early childhood special education or early intervention services pursuant to ORS 343.455 to 343.534.
  • An individual in any of the above facilities or programs who may have unsupervised contact with children.
  • An employee of the Early Learning Division Office of Child Care.
  • A designated employee or volunteer of a Metro service district.

There are two ways to enroll in the Central Background Registry. Apply online OR print, complete and mail application.

Online Application

To apply online, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be the individual applying for enrollment.
  2. You must be 18 years of age or within six weeks of turning 18 to apply online.
    To ensure your application is fully processed before your 18th birthday, you may submit your application 90 days prior to your 18th birthday by completing the print application and mailing it in.
  3. You must have a Social Security Number to apply online. If you do not have a Social Security Number, please complete an application form, a Statement of No Social Security Number form, and mail it in.
  4. If you are a contractor or an employee of the contractor who provides early childhood special education or early intervention services you must complete an application form and mail it in.

The information you will need to complete the application online:

  1. If you have a driver’s license or DMV-issued ID number, please include it on your application.
  2. If you are currently working for a licensed child care facility or Head Start program, the following information is required:
    • facility license number
    • facility name
    • facility address
    • facility phone number
  3. If you have any convictions or have been cited for a crime that has not been resolved, you will need the following information to complete the online application:
    • date of the crime (month and year)
    • what the crime was
    • circumstances surrounding crime
    • information about legal or court proceedings
    • description of any personal changes you have made to address the issues that led to the crime

Print Application

To download and print the application click the button below.

Important: CBR Processing Timeline – July through October

When the Office of Child Care receives a completed Central Background Registry application form and there are no issues, processing time is normally 3-5 business days from the date the form is received at Central Office before the letter for fingerprinting is mailed out. (During the busy season of late-July through October, process time can take up to 14 business days.)

Enrollment and Application ONLY FOR Individuals with Founded or Substantiated Child Abuse

A person with certain founded or substantiated child abuse dispositions who is seeking to provide care:

The CBR-601-A application is used for new enrollment in the Office of Child Care’s Central Background Registry, or renewing enrollment or reopening an expired Registry enrollment for an individual that:

  • received a founded or substantiated disposition for child abuse that either
    • occurred on or after September 1, 2019 and involved a child for whom you were either providing child care as defined in ORS 329A.250(4), or care identified in ORS 329A.250(4)(a), (c), (f), (g), (h) or (i) OR
    • occurred on or after January 1, 2017, and involved a child who died or suffered serious physical injury, as defined in ORS 161.015,
  • and that individual is seeking to provide care
    • in the home of the child;
    • for children from only one family other than your own family; or
    • for no more than three children other than your own children.

(Other individuals must use Form CBR-601 to apply for enrollment in the Central Background Registry.)

Important Notice for Individuals Receiving Certain Founded or Substantiated Child Abuse Dispositions

Application for Individuals Receiving Certain Founded or Substantiated Child Abuse Dispositions:

Complete the following application if you:

  1. Received a founded or substantiated disposition for child abuse that occurred on or after September 1, 2019 and involved a child for whom you were either providing child care as defined in ORS 329A.250(4), or care identified in ORS 329A.250(4)(a), (c), (f), (g), (h) or (i).
  2. Received a founded or substantiated disposition for child abuse that occurred on or after January 1, 2017.

The Central Background Registry enrollment requirement is effective for seven years after the date of the abuse determination for individuals with founded and substantiated dispositions for child abuse after September 1, 2019, unless the abuse disposition involved a child who suffered death or serious physical injury as defined in ORS 161.015.

Note: This application must be completed in print format, it cannot be completed online.

Central Background Registry Forms & Resources

Central Background Registry Ineligibility

These are the offenses that prevent individuals from serving as child care providers.

414-061-0045

Disqualifying Conditions for Enrollment

(1) A subject individual shall be ineligible for enrollment in the Central Background Registry and if enrolled may be removed or suspended, or have their renewal application denied if such individual:

(a) Refuses to consent to OCC’s criminal background check or required fingerprinting;

(b) Knowingly makes or has knowingly made a materially false statement in connection with their application for initial enrollment or renewal of their enrollment in the Central Background Registry, including but not limited to the required criminal background check, or the individual’s records or history related to child abuse and neglect, foster care, or adult protective services;

(c) Is registered, or is required to be registered, on any State, tribal, or US territory sex offender registry or repository or the National Sex Offender Registry; or

(d) Has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor consisting of:

(A) Aggravated murder, murder, criminal homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide, or manslaughter in the first degree as defined by ORS 163.005, ORS 163.095, ORS 163.115, ORS 163.118, or ORS 163.149;

(B) Child abuse or neglect, or other crimes against children as defined by ORS 163.207, ORS 163.405, ORS 163.408, ORS163.432, ORS 163.433, ORS 163.435, ORS 163.535, ORS 163.537, ORS 163.545, ORS 163.547, ORS 163.555, ORS 163.575, ORS 163.670, ORS 163.684, ORS 163.686, ORS 163.687, ORS 163.688, ORS 163.689, or ORS 167.262;

(C) A crime involving rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sodomy, sexual misconduct or other sexual offenses as defined by; ORS 163.365, ORS 163.375, ORS 163.385, ORS 163.395, ORS 163.405, ORS 163.408, ORS 163.411, ORS 163.413, ORS 163.415, ORS 163.425, ORS 163.427 ORS 163.452, ORS 163.454, or ORS 167.017;

(D) Kidnapping or trafficking in persons as defined by ORS 163.225, ORS 163.235 or ORS 163.266

(E) Arson as defined in ORS 164.315 or ORS 164.325

(F) Physical assault or battery as defined by ORS 163.165, ORS 163.175, ORS 163.185, ORS 163.187

(G) A drug-related offense under ORS chapter 475 or 475B, committed during the preceding five years, that results in the conviction of the subject individual of a Class A felony, Class B felony, Class C felony, or a Class A Misdemeanor.

(2) These rules also apply to:

(a) A conviction of a crime in another jurisdiction which is the substantial equivalent of a crime listed Section 1(d);

(b) An adjudication of guilt by reason of insanity, of an act that is the substantial equivalent of a crime listed in section 1(d);

(c) An adjudication by a juvenile court that a youth has committed an act that is the substantial equivalent of a crime listed in Section 1(d);

(d) Any attempts, conspiracies or solicitations to commit any Felony or Misdemeanor crime listed in Section 1(d);

(e) A new crime, adopted by the legislature following the most recent amendment of these rules, which is the substantial equivalent of any crimes listed in Section 1(d);

(f) Any crime that is no longer codified in Oregon, but which is the substantial equivalent of any of the crimes listed in Section 1(d).

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 329A.030
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 329A.030; HB 2259 (2017)
History:
ELD 8-2018, temporary amend filed 09/28/2018, effective 09/30/2018 through 03/28/2019
ELD 3-2018, adopt filed 02/08/2018, effective 09/30/2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must be enrolled in the Central Background Registry (CBR)?

All child care staff and any individual who may have unsupervised access to child care children e.g. adults living in the home, volunteers, maintenance staff, the owner, office staff, and regular visitors. Visit https://oregonearlylearning.com/providers-educators/providers-educatorscbr/#apply2 for information on how to enroll.

A person with founded or substantiated child abuse dispositions who is seeking to provide care must also enroll. Visit https://oregonearlylearning.com/providers-educators/providers-educatorscbr/#apply1 for information on how to enroll.

What documentation must I have before someone begins work at the facility?

You  may  not  start  an employee  in the facility  until  you have documentation  from the  Office  of  Child  Care that  the  individual is enrolled or conditionally enrolled in the CBR. Documentation can be obtained by calling the  Office of Child Care at 1‐800‐556‐6616 and confirming that the individual is enrolled in the CBR. You should  then link the individual to  your  facility.  Once  you  have  linked  the  individual  to  your  facility,  a  confirmation  letter  will  be  sent  directly  to  the facility. This letter must be kept in the employee’s file, in the child care  facility. A copy of the enrollment letter that is  sent to the individual is insufficient documentation for hiring  and retention purposes.

What must I do if I receive notification that an individual has been suspended or removed from the CBR?

An individual who has been suspended or removed from the CBR cannot be on the premises. If the  individual is on site  when  you  receive  the  notification,  the  individual  must  leave  the  premises  and  not  return  until  you  have  received notification from the Office of Child Care that the individual is cleared to be on the  premises.

What should I communicate to my staff about the CBR?

You should communicate the importance of sending in a CBR renewal application so OCC receives it at least 14 days prior to expiration and the  importance of notifying the Office of Child Care of any address or name changes in a timely manner

The person I want to hire is not yet in the CBR, is there an alternative to mailing the application that will speed up the process?

The individual can apply online using the CBR Online Application.

When I call the Office of Child Care to confirm that an individual is enrolled in the CBR, what information do I need to have ready to give them?

In order to accurately verify the identity of an individual, the Office of Child Care will need the person’s first and last name, and one of the following: their date of birth, current address, or last four digits of their social security number.

What is “conditional enrollment” in the CBR?

An  individual  may  be  conditionally  enrolled  in  the  CBR  pending  the  results  of  an  FBI  criminal  records  check  if  the  individual has been initially approved by the Office of Child Care and the individual’s fingerprints have  been submitted to the FBI.

If I hire a 17‐year‐old as an assistant or aide in my facility, or have a 17‐year‐old son or daughter living in my child care home, what is required when they turn 18?

Four to six weeks before the individual’s 18th birthday, they must complete and submit an application to be enrolled in the CBR. If an individual turns 18 years old and is not enrolled in the CBR, they cannot continue to work or be associated with your child care facility or live in the registered or certified family child care home.

 

What must I do if I receive notification that an individual has been expired from the CBR?

An individual who has been expired from the CBR must re‐enroll immediately. If you have questions if the person can continue to work contact your licensing specialist.

What does the background check process consist of?

The  processing  includes  background  check  through  the  Oregon  State  Police,  the  Department  of  Human  Services  Child  Protective Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, fingerprint based.

How long does it take to process my CBR application?

When the Office of Child Care receives a completed Central Background Registry application form and fee, and there are no issues, processing time is normally 3-5 business days from the date the form is received and Central Office before the letter for fingerprinting is mailed out.

During the busy season of late-July through October, process time can take up to 14 business days.

Does it take longer to process applications for people who have previously lived out of state?

It may take up to 8 weeks to complete a Central Background Registry application for someone seeking employment who lived out of state in the past five years. This is a national CCDF requirement and some states are experiencing longer processing times to review applications.

Which individuals with a founded or substantiated disposition for child abuse must enroll in the Central Background Registry prior to caring for children in a license-exempt setting?

If you received a founded or substantiated disposition for child abuse that occurred on or after September 1, 2019 and involved a child for whom you were either providing child care as defined in ORS 329A.250(4), or care identified in ORS 329A.250(4)(a), (c), (f), (g), (h) or (i), or if you received a founded or substantiated disposition for child abuse that occurred on or after January 1, 2017, and involved a child who died or suffered serious physical injury, as defined in ORS 161.015, then you must apply to and be enrolled in the Central Background Registry before providing care in the home of the child, care for children from only one family other than your own family, or care for no more than three children other than your own children.

The Central Background Registry enrollment requirement is effective for seven years after the date of the abuse determination for individuals with founded or substantiated dispositions for child abuse after September 1, 2019, unless the abuse disposition involved a child who suffered death or serious physical injury, as defined in ORS 161.015. The law does not establish a time limit for the Central Background Registry enrollment requirement for individuals with founded or substantiated dispositions for child abuse that occurred on or after January 1, 2017 and involved a child who died or suffered serious physical injury.

Visit https://oregonearlylearning.com/providers-educators/providers-educatorscbr/#apply1 for more information.

Please note: If you are submitting a CBR application for a person who has lived out of state, this process may take up to 8 weeks to complete. Processing times vary based on other states’ timelines.