Still interested in becoming an Adult Care Home Operator? The next steps are to pass a criminal background check and an English competency test.

Criminal background check

You can submit a completed Background Check Request Form to our downtown office at :

Five Oak Building
209 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please call our main office line at 503.988.3000 to make an appointment to reduce your wait time.

You must submit the form in person if it is your first time or if you your background check has been expired.

Or you can submit in person to our Gresham office:

Wednesdays ONLY, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed 12 - 12:30 p.m.

East Branch of Aging, Disability and Veterans Services
600 NE 8th Street, Room 110  |  Gresham, OR

For both offices:

Cash, debit, credit cards are NOT accepted. Please bring a Check or money orders (made to the Adult Care Home Program) for all fees. 

Bring a current, government-issued photo ID. 

Background checks which you have received for other purposes are NOT accepted. You will need a new background check even if you live or work in an Adult Care Home as a caregiver or resident manager.

English competency test at Mt. Hood Community College

English Competency test registration.

WARNING: If you take an Ensuring Quality of Care class, also known as Basic Training, you must pass the Multnomah County Qualifying Test within 90 days of completing the course. Failure to do so will require that you take the class again, a cost of between $250 - $500!

Fire and Life Safety 

Complete the online Fire and Life Safety training for Adult Care Homes, available here: Fire Safety Class (This link is broken, we are working on finding a replacement.) You must complete this training in the 12 month period prior to licensing. 

Steps to Becoming an Adult Care Home Operator