Clearances – Overview
(Original Clearances and Fingerprint Registration Number are to be submitted to Human Resources)
Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
Fee: Notarized Criminal History Record Check will increase to $27.00
The Pennsylvania State Police has established a web-based computer application called “Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History” or PATCH. Using this system, a requestor can apply for a criminal background check on an individual. Eighty percent of the time, “No Record” certificates are returned immediately through the Internet to the requestor.
The information provided by the requestor will be checked against the criminal history database maintained by the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository. If the subject’s information does not hit on any information in the database, the requestor will receive the results instantly over the Internet and the requestor can print out the “No Record” certificate.
If the subject’s information hits on something in the database, the requestor receives an immediate” Request Under Review” response. A request under review response does not necessarily mean that the individual has a record. At this point the information is manually reviewed. After the review the status will be updated to “No Record” or “Record”. The requestor should check the PATCH website periodically for an updated status to their request. For all “No Record”, responses will be mailed to the requestor at the address provided by the requestor. It may take up to two weeks for the status to be updated from a “Request Under Review” to a “No Record” or “Record”.
Individuals are considered non-registered users. They will not be accepted as registered users. Non-registered users log onto https://epatch.state.pa.us and select “Submit a New Record Check” under credit card users.
PA Child Abuse History Clearance Report
Effective December 31, 2014, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application can be submitted online. Once you enter the link 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.
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.
Obtain form from the site and mail to the Department of Public Welfare.
PURPOSE OF CLEARANCE: Mark the box “School Employee”
Act 114 Federal Criminal History (Fingerprinting)
Fee: $22.60; All applicants will now receive an unofficial copy of their report. Fee is payable to IDEMIA.
Registration is required in order to have fingerprints taken.