Napa County's Caregiver Permit ordinance is
the first of its kind in the State. To find out more about the program visit
Napa County's program pages or the website of
Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and
Do I need a permit?
If you are providing care for compensation
(any form of payment including free room and board) in exchange for
caregiving, you must obtain a permit.
Are there exceptions to the rules?
permit is required for those licensed through the State, such as RNs, LVNs,
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), and other similar designations that
require fingerprinting. Services provided through In-Home
Support Services (IHSS) are excluded too.
Do employees of caregiver agencies have permits?
If a caregiver works for a facility that is licensed and
regulated by the State of California through a process that requires that
facility's employees to be the subject of a background check prior to
employment, then the caregiver does not need to obtain a
Are family members included?
Family members need to obtain a permit only
if they are receiving some sort of compensation in exchange for providing care
(including free room and board).
How much does it cost?
The background check fee, paid to
the Area Agency on Aging, is $90 for the 1st year,
$79 for the 2nd year and $67 thereafter. The permit
is $20 annually, paid to the Napa County
Where do I apply? The Area Agency on Aging is the starting point
for applying. You may visit them in person at 575 Sacramento
Street, Vallejo, CA, visit them at www.aaans.org, or call them at
(707) 643-1797. Why do we need this?
You should know who is going to be in your loved
ones home giving them care. They will have access to personal and
financial information and can exert a great deal of
Do I have to apply in person?
You do not need to apply in
person for the background process; once you’ve been cleared you will need to
appear in person at the Napa County Clerk/Recorder’s Office with two ID-type
photos, $20, and a photo ID.
What do I do if someone I know needs one and doesn’t have one? Please help us educate the public about the new permit system –
we have brochures and posters that might help you. Ask to see
a caregiver’s permit and check to see if it is valid by going online to
www.aaans.org and entering the
caregiver’s name. If you have trouble going online, call the Area
Agency on Aging at (707) 643-1797. What are the potential consequences of not having a permit?
It is up to the caregiver to ensure that he/she is properly
permitted. Violation of the caregiver permit ordinance is a misdemeanor or
infraction, punishable by a fine, imprisonment in the county jail up to one
year, or a combination of both.