Act 34 (PA State Police Criminal History Record Check)
There are two methods of requesting a Criminal Record.
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)
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:
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.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education utilizes Cogent Systems to process fingerprint based FBI criminal background checks for prospective employees of public and private schools. Under Act 114 of 2006, ALL prospective school employees, school contractors and student teachers are to use the Pennsylvania Department of Education system. This includes but is not limited to teachers, school administrators, substitute teachers, teaching Assistants, PIAA sports officials, school bus drivers, and student teachers. The fingerprint based background check is a multiple step process. Applicants may begin the process by registering online at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm IMPORTANT: You must select the Department of Education option to register for a background check that is valid for school employment.
Form PDE-6004 is required and can be found at: