Volunteer Clearances Procedures
Volunteer Cost: $22.60
Employment, Foster/Adoptive Parents Cost: $23.85
All applicants will now receive an unofficial copy of their report. Fee is payable to IDEMIA.
The fingerprint-based background check is a multiple-step process, as follows:
Registration- The applicant must register prior to going to the fingerprint site. Walk in service is allowed but all applicants are required to complete pre-enrollment in the new Universal Enrollment system. Pre-enrollment can be completed online or over the phone. The registration website is available online 24 hours/day, seven days per week at https://uenroll.identogo.com
Telephonic registration is available at 1-844-321-2101 Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm EST. During the pre-enrollment process, all demographic data for the applicant is collected (name, address, etc.) along with notices about identification requirements and other important information.
Service Name: Pennsylvania PDE-Volunteer Access Code: 1KG6ZJ
Important: A VOLUNTEER fingerprint report will not serve for employment purposes and you will need to be reprinted upon hire.
Volunteer Cost – (FREE)
Employment, Foster/Adoptive Cost - $13.00
NOTE: Child Abuse Clearance Fees for Volunteers will continue to be waived one time every 57 months.
How to submit application
The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) self-service portal, www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis. Submitting an application online allows individual applicants to receive their results through an automated system that will notify them once their results have been processed. Applicants will be able to view and print their results online.
As of Dec. 31, 2014, requests for clearance statements (now called “certifications”) may be made online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
Paper submissions of the clearance statement request form (CY113 Form) may be accessed via the same website. Under Clearance Applications, click on Learn About Clearances, Click on FAQ in the upper right hand corner, Scroll down to Clearance Application, Click the + beside How do I apply for a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance. The link to download the form is located there. Complete the form, and mail with appropriate payment to:
The ChildLine and Abuse Registry,
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services,
P.O. Box 8170,
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170
If you have questions related to the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, please contact the ChildLine Verification Unit at 717-783-6211 or toll free at 1-877-371-5422
There are two methods of requesting a Pennsylvania Criminal record:
Volunteers – Download the Criminal History Request Form: Volunteer Only – SP4-164A
Employment – Download the Criminal History Request Form – SP4-164
for employment (SP4 164)
or to volunteer (SP4-164A),
please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972