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 Solano
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?
No 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.
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 Clerk/Recorder. (Caregiver agencies pay $35 per batch of employees and $20 per person for permits.)
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 influence.
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.