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Federal Criminal History Record

Fee: $22.60

  • Applicants must get fingerprinted for an FBI background check.
  • Applicants should register online with Identogo Systems prior to going to the fingerprinting center. Payment is made online at the time of registration by credit or debit card. No cash or personal checks are accepted. Please record your UE ID registration number – it is a series of letters and numbers – you will need to provide this number to any school district, institution, or agency needing the results of your federal background check.
  • The applicant then reports to one of the approved fingerprint centers which will be provided upon registration
  • The fingerprints are scanned; the entire fingerprint capture process takes approximately 10 minutes.
  • The prints are then electronically transmitted to the PA State Police, who then submits the fingerprints and demographic information to the FBI as required by federal statute.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education will receive the Federal Criminal History Report from the FBI. You will receive an unofficial copy by mail.
  • After you have been fingerprinted, you should provide any school district, institution, or agency which needs access to the results of your federal clearance with your registration number. They will access a secure database at PDE to view your results using their institution’s username and password. They may not provide you with copies of this information. They should be able to access your clearance information within a week of fingerprint processing.
  • If you have a question or an issue with your federal clearance, call 717.783.3750 or email the Pennsylvania Department of Education at Neither Identogo Systems nor the School of Education can provide the status or results of your report to you.
  • Further details regarding fingerprinting can be found on the Identogo web site or the Pennsylvania Department of Education web site

NOTE: The Regulation allows an applicant to enter into a school for a single period not to exceed 90 days, except during a lawful strike, provided that all the following conditions are met:

  • The applicant has applied for the background checks and can provide appropriate documentation
  • The administrator has no knowledge about the applicant that would disqualify the applicant from employment
  • The applicant affirms in writing that they are not disqualified from employment
  • If the information revealed in the background check reveals the applicant is disqualified, the applicant will be subjected to termination
  • The administrator requires that the applicant not be permitted to work alone with children and does work in the vicinity of a permanent employee.

Pennsylvania State Criminal Record Check (Act 34)

Fee: $22.00


  • This clearance may be obtained on-line if the applicant has a credit or debit card at
  • The online response is virtually instantaneous -­ the applicant prints the report from their computer.


  • Download, fill-out, sign, and mail in the Request for Criminal Record Check form along with your non-refundable fee.
  • The mailed request can take up to 4 to 5 weeks for processing and will be mailed directly to the applicant.

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 33/151)

Fee: $10.00


  • Create an account and Apply online
  • When filling out the form, use your current address, and the check the “School” option under “Purpose of Clearance”.
  • Your results may be available immediately. If not, you can log in at a later time to view the status of your results. The process can take up to 4 to 5 weeks for processing, and you will be mailed a copy of your results. You may call the Office of Children Youth and Families at 717-783-6211 or 717-783-6211 if problems arise.
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