Volunteer Clearances

Beginning July 1, 2015, an adult applying for an unpaid position as a volunteer responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children must have the following background clearances:
 
  -   Act 34 Pennsylvania Criminal History Clearance
   -  Act 151 Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance Certification
   -   Act 114 Federal Criminal History Backgound Clearance (FBI)
 
 

APPLICANT 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:  1KG6Y3

 

Important:  A VOLUNTEER fingerprint report will not serve for employment purposes and you will need to be reprinted upon hire.

 

 

 
Act 151 PA Child Abuse Criminal Clearance
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
(Online Submission)
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.
Clearance Statements:
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
 
 
  
 
PA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK:
Volunteer Cost - Free
Employment, Foster/Adoptive Parents Cost - $22.00
How to submit application:
There are two methods of requesting a Pennsylvania Criminal record:
Online Request
The Pennsylvania State Police have established a web-based computer application called "Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History,” (PATCH). Results are received immediately when applied for online.
 
Paper Request
Volunteers – Download the Criminal History Request Form: Volunteer Only – SP4-164A
Employment – Download the Criminal History Request Form – SP4-164
 
If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Checks form
for employment (SP4 164)
or to volunteer (SP4-164A),
please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972