CLEARANCE INFORMATIONChild Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training
Act 34 (PA State Police Criminal History Record Check)
There are two methods of requesting a Criminal History Record Check.
ONLINE REQUESTThe Pennsylvania State Police have established a web-based computer application called “Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History,” (PATCH). Applicants can apply for their criminal record check online with the Pennsylvania State Police at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
PAPER REQUEST FORM
Employees:Download the Criminal History Request Form - SP4-164 (Updated 7/2015)
Volunteers:Download the Criminal History Request Form: Volunteer Only- SP4-164A (Updated 7/2015)
Act 151 (PA Child Abuse History Clearance)
There are two methods of requesting a Child Abuse History Clearance.
The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application can be submitted online. Once you enter the link below you will be directed to the Child Welfare Portal where you must create an account (or log in if you already have an account). Note: you will need an email address to create an account.
Child Abuse History Clearance Online: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.
Paper submissions of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application will still be accepted for anyone who may not have access to the internet. Submit paper applications to:
The instructions for how to complete the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application are now included on the last page of the application and can be printed for easy reference when completing the application. Failure to comply with the instructions that are attached to the application will cause considerable delay in processing the results.
Once the application is received in the ChildLine and Abuse Registry’s Verification Unit, the results of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance will be mailed to the applicant’s address that was noted on the application within 14 days from the date that the application is received in the ChildLine Verification Unit.
Act 114 (FBI Criminal History Record)
Effective at the close of business November 18, 2017, Cogent will no longer be providing fingerprint services for ‘new applicants’. All ‘new applicants’ must be pre-registered and fingerprinted prior to 11/18/17. Those unable to meet this deadline will be required to restart the process with the new supplier. Individuals who are not registered and fingerprinted before November 18 will have to wait until November 28 to receive those services. There will be a delay in fingerprint services during the transition to the new supplier. This delay will occur between November 18, 2017, and November 28, 2017. The only exceptions that will be made during that timeframe will be for individuals who have an issue with a fingerprint taken prior to November 18 and will be reprinted by November 27. Those individuals who do not get their reprint by November 27 will need to re-register with the new provider and will have 90 days to get their reprint. A link to the registration site will be posted when it becomes available.Acts 24 and 82 (Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification):
Form PDE-6004 is required and can be found at:http://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/Teachers-Administrators/Background%20Checks/Arrest%20or%20Conviction%20form.pdfAct 168 of 2014
The Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release is required and can be found at: