Department of Human Services

The Background Check Unit (BCU) will start a new database and processing system for abuse and criminal records checks Friday, July 31, 2020. The new system, called the Oregon Criminal History and Abuse Records Data System (ORCHARDS) replaces the Criminal Records Information Management System (CRIMS), which has been in use since October 2011. Staff and others will use ORCHARDS for background checks starting Friday, July 31, 2020.
ORCHARDS is more secure and easier to use. Clients needing background checks will find ORCHARDS to be more user friendly and accessible to agencies and subject individuals.
There are scheduled trainings for staff who will be using ORCHARDS on July 27, 28 and 29. All trainings are the same. If you are a QED, QEI, or CHAD and have not received training details, please email BCU at
ORCHARDS was developed on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the National Background Check Program. ORCHARDS is currently in use in 26 states and U.S. territories participating in the Background Check Program.
The Background Check Unit provides background check services and support to the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for employees, volunteers and contractors of DHS and OHA, home care workers, child care providers, personal support workers, and qualified entities that provide care and are licensed, certified, registered or otherwise regulated by DHS or OHA.
For more information, visit the ORCHARDS webpage at
If you have questions, please contact
By logging into the Criminal Records Information Management System (CRIMS), you are accessing a restricted information site. Unauthorized access, use, or modification of this system or of data contained therein may constitute violation of Oregon Administrative Rules and state or federal law. Allowing another individual access to your CRIMS account constitutes unauthorized user access and is a violation of the law.
By logging into CRIMS, you acknowledge that you are authorized by the State of Oregon to access this site and the information contained within. All CRIMS users are subject to monitoring and recording activities, without notice, by the State of Oregon. Misuse of CRIMS may result in a variety of penalties from revocation of your access to criminal prosecution.

You may log into CRIMS to see pending checks, view past background checks, and printout spreadsheets of past records.
Updated 7/31/2020 5:30 p.m.

Effective 7/31/2017, you need to change your password every 60 days.
CRIMS will prompt you beginning 7 days from expiration.

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