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General Information

Background Screening for Homemaker Companion Services

Applicants must have:

Level 2 background screening by scanned fingerprints for managing employee & financial officer

Already Registered must:

Get level 2 screening for all new homemakers and companions before hiring.

All homemakers and companions that were level 1 screened have a phase-in time in state law for getting level 2 screening.

(a) Individuals for whom the last screening was conducted on or before December 31, 2004, must be rescreened by July 31, 2013.
(b) Individuals for whom the last screening conducted was between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2008, must be rescreened by July 31, 2014.
(c) Individuals for whom the last screening conducted was between January 1, 2009, through July 31, 2011, must be rescreened by July 31, 2015.

Click on link for more info on screenings, fees, and to find a LiveScan site near you:

Background Screening information

Also note -

Getting your "AHCA number" for scanning -- The above link refers to using your AHCA number for scheduling appointments for scanning or for the validation form used at the scanning site. AHCA number is the file number. New applicants will get a letter from AHCA with the number to be used for background screening after the application is received.  If you do not receive a letter after submitting your application, call the AHCA Home Care Unit for the number. Those already registered should follow instructions at the Web site.

 Renewals and Change of Ownership


Applications must be received at least 60 days in advance of expiration of registration.


The registration may not be sold, assigned or otherwise transferred per state law (408.804(2), Florida Statutes).  Thus, an application must be submitted for a new registration.  Applications must be received from the buyer (transferee)at least 60 days prior tothe actual change of ownership of the business.  It must include a letter signed by the seller (transferor) notifying AHCA of the coming sale or transfer to the buyer per 408.807, F.S. 


Agency for Health Care Administration, Home Care Unit, 2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop# 34, Tallahassee, Florida 32308