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Many community agencies and organizations require volunteers and students doing service learning to obtain Pennsylvania Child Abuse and/or State Police Criminal Record Check especially for programs that work with children or other vulnerable populations (children, elderly, etc). To determine if an agency requires clearances contact the agency directly.

Clearances average 4-6 weeks to be processed. It is recommended that students who are sure they want to work with children or vulnerable populations should file the clearances as early as possible in the semester.


Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check:

To obtain a state police criminal record check, please visit their online processing site with a valid credit card. Their current response time for record requests labeled UNDER REVIEW is between two to three weeks from the date the request was made. Thank you for your patience as they process your request. Patch has updated its credit card system. You may notice that submissions take a bit longer than before due to extra security checks. You will now be required to provide your credit card's CVM number (a three or four digit number often found on the back of your card).

Click here to check on the status of your Criminal Record Check.

Applicant presents background check information to prospective agency. The ORIGINAL should be RETAINED BY THE APPLICANT and may be used for all volunteer or employment verification for the one-year period after issuance. The agency or organization shall make and keep a copy of the original.

Keep all receipts and submit to Kristen Samuels for re-imbursement.


Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance:

In addition to the Criminal Record Check, all applicants must obtain a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. You may obtain this form from the Department of Public Welfare web site.

Please read the instructions prior to downloading the form.

Type or print clearly and neatly in ink Section I only.

Address must be Applicant's current local address.

All information must be completed in full. (The form asks for all previous names, addresses, and household members since 1975). This information must be provided to the best of your knowledge and belief. If necessary, attach additional pages.

Application must be signed.

Enclose a $10.00 money order for each application. No cash or personal checks accepted. Agency or business checks are acceptable.

Keep all receipts and submit to Kristen Samuels for re-imbursement.

Do not send any postage paid return envelopes.

Application should be placed in a business-sized or larger envelope prior to mailing.

One block must be checked for Purpose for Clearance. Please check the block for SCHOOL only. DO NOT CHECK VOLUNTEER.

Clearance results will be mailed to you within 14 days from the date that the clearance is received in our office. There will be no replacements after 90 days. Failure to comply with the above instructions will cause considerable delay.

Please contact the following for applicable criminal history requests:
PA Criminal Record Checks (SP4 164): (717) 783-9973
FBI Cards for School Employees (FD 258): (717) 783-3750

If you have trouble accessing this information you may obtain an alternative format by contacting the Office of Children Youth and Families at (717) 783-6211. You can also call (717) 783-6211 for clearance requests.