Provider Enrollment Instructions for IHSS Providers of Orange County

Thank you for your interest in becoming an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Provider.

State law requires that IHSS Providers complete all the enrollment steps and pass a criminal background check before they are eligible to be paid by the IHSS Program.

Review our IHSS Provider Enrollment Processing Timeline | Tiempo de Procesamiento para Inscripción del Proveedor de IHSS | Lịch Trình Tiến Hành Ghi Danh Người Chăm Sóc IHSS.

IHSS Providers are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated and boosted with the COVID-19 vaccine.  


  • Make sure the person you will be providing care for, known as your "Recipient", has an eligible IHSS case BEFORE you start working for them.  Otherwise, you will NOT be paid by the IHSS Program.
  • If you are providing care for a MINOR IHSS Recipient, do NOT begin the enrollment process until you are approved by the Recipient's IHSS Social Worker to become the IHSS Provider.

Your enrollment as an IHSS Provider requires the following steps:

  • Enter your Provider information
  • Watch the orientation videos
  • Electronically sign documents:
    • IHSS Provider Enrollment Form (SOC 426)
    • IHSS Provider Enrollment Agreement (SOC 846)
  • Schedule an appointment

  • Arrive EARLY/ON TIME and plan on staying for an average of 2 hours.
  • You will be turned away and MUST reschedule your appointment if you arrive late or forget to bring your ORIGINAL, VALID documents: Social Security card (work permit if applicable) and ID card. - A copy, photo, or receipt will NOT be accepted.
  • You may park in spaces marked "County of Orange Employees Only."
  • LIMITED SEATING.  Do NOT bring children, your IHSS Recipients, or anyone else to your appointment.
  • Incomplete paperwork will NOT be accepted.
  • If you do not have access to a printer, call us at 714-825-3195 before your scheduled appointment and we will mail you the necessary enrollment forms.

  • Provider Enrollment Checklist
  • ORIGINAL, VALID Social Security card
    • ORIGINAL, VALID work permit/immigration verification IF your Social Security card has a work restriction

      - Refer to the Social Security card examples.

  • ORIGINAL, VALID government-issued photo identification card
  • Your name on the forms, identification card and Social Security card (work permit if applicable) must match.

  • Recipient Designation of Provider FormFormulario de Designación de un Proveedor por el Beneficiario (SOC 426A)
    • Your Provider start date and IHSS Recipient's signature MUST be on the SOC 426A Form.
    • If the Recipient is unable to sign, their IHSS Authorized Representative / Legal Guardian / Conservator may sign the SOC 426A Form.
    • If you are the IHSS Recipient's Authorized Representative AND also the Provider, you CANNOT sign the SOC 426A Form and another person must be designated to sign your IHSS Provider-related documents.
  • Copy of your Live Scan Form
    • You can follow the instructions in step 3 to get fingerprinted before your scheduled appointment.

      (Our Live Scan Form will indicate ORI AA504 and Mail Code 11855)

      - Refer to the Live Scan Form example

  • You may choose to get your fingerprints done at a Live Scan service provider outside of the locations we provided, as long as it is in ORANGE COUNTY and you use our Live Scan Form.
  • If you are getting fingerprinted in another state other than California or another county other than Orange County, do NOT use our Live Scan Form and call the Public Authority Reception Line at 714-825-3174 for further instructions.
  • If you have been convicted of or incarcerated following a conviction for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 crime within the past 10 years, it will affect your eligibility to become an IHSS Provider.

  • Social Security Office verifies your Social Security number.
  • Public Authority receives your cleared criminal background check results.