Information on Background Checks

Pennsylvania state law requires that all volunteers working with children pass background checks:

PA Criminal Record Check: 
 - Free for volunteers
 - Go to this website:
 - Click the yellow rectangle that says "New Record Check (Volunteers Only)"
 - You should get a PDF of your results immediately 
PA Child Abuse History Clearance:
 - Free for volunteers
 - Login with your individual account 
 - You should get a PDF of your results within 2 weeks, often much sooner (results will be faster if you enter a Social Security Number)
FBI Criminal Background Check: 
Costs about $28
- Select PA Department of Education.

- Register for fingerprinting 
- Find a time in your schedule to get fingerprinted (We recommend the UPS store at 3720 Spruce, which has walk-in hours weekdays 10-5) 
- Ask for a Proof of Fingerprint Submission at the time of fingerprinting 

- Your results should arrive in the mail in about 2-4 weeks











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