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How to Obtain Pennsylvania Act 153 Background Clearances

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, under Act 153 requires employees, volunteers and other individuals who interact with minors to obtain three different background certifications:

  1. Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Records Check
  2. PA Department of Human Services - Child Abuse History Check
  3. PA Department of Human Services - FBI Fingerprint Check
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Criminal History Records Check
PA Department of Human Services
Child Abuse History Check
PA Department of Human Services
FBI Fingerprint Check
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Important! The ORIGINALS of all required clearances must be presented for review and verification. Originals will be returned to the Employee after verifcation. These clearance are transferable and valid for five years.


Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Records Check

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Fee

The current fee for this clearance is $22.00.

Instructions

  1. Apply online at https://epatch.state.pa.us
  2. Click on "Submit a New Record Check" button.
  3. Read and accept the terms
  4. Select the radio button beside "Individual Request" and click on the "Continue" button
  5. On the Dropdown for "Reason of Request" select "Employement"
  6. Continue filling out the information on the forms on this and the next page.
  7. When you get your confirmation page look to see if there is a link for your certificate since about 85% of the time, "No Record" certificates are returned immediately. Otherwise you will recieve a response, by email when it is complete.
  8. Important! Please print out this confirmation with the control number and date of request. These are needed if you need to reaccess your information.

If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Checks form (SP4 164), please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972.



PA Department of Human Services - Child Abuse History Check

Fee

The current fee for this clearance is $13.00.

Instructions

  1. Please be aware that you will need to know every address where you have resided since 1975, every person that you lived with during that time, their relation to you, and their current age.
  2. Apply online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
  3. If this is your first time requesting a clearance: Select “Create Individual Account” and complete the requested information. Note: The “Keystone ID” is a username that you create. The system will send you a temporary password via email.
    If you are renewing your clearances: Select "Individual Login"
  4. If new login with temporary password and change the password, else login with your existing Keystone ID.
  5. Click on option “Access My Clearance,” then click on “Create clearance application,” selecting reason “School Employment.”
  6. Note: When entering Social Security number, it may be difficult to see the last number when you entered it, but later confirmation should show the full number.
  7. When asked if you are a school employee governed by public school code as shown below, please designate “School Employee Governed by Public School Code...”
  8. Continue filling following the directions.
  9. 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. Make sure you print and retain a copy of the clearance for your records.

If you need help, contact the CWIS Support Center at 1-877-343-0494



PA Department of Human Services - FBI Fingerprint Check

Fee

The current fee for this clearance is $23.85.

Instructions

  1. Apply online at https://uenroll.identogo.com/
  2. Enter the service code 1KG756 and select “go”.
  3. Select “schedule or manage appointment” link.
  4. Complete all of the required personal Information. Select “no” to the question if you have an authorization code (coupon code).
  5. Select from a drop down menu on what form of identification document you will bring to the site for fingerprinting.
  6. Select the location and choose a date and time for an appointment.
  7. Go to one of the designated locations to get fingerprinted.
    • $23.85 fee is paid at the site where fingerprinting is completed.
    • You can also cancel an appointment or reschedule if necessary.
    • Make sure you take the photo identification you identified on the site with you to the location.
  8. Eligibility letters are mailed directly to the applicant to turn in at the requesting employer. This process is expected to take 10 days or less. If you have not received your results within 2 weeks, contact the Department of Human Services at 877-371-5422.

For questions, you can contact IdentoGo at 855-845-7434

Schedule an appointment

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Please contact Human Resources with any additional questions regarding the clearance process at HumanResources@ccac.edu or 412.237.3001.