Required for Contractors, Employees, and Interns

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, anyone working with or observing children in public and private schools, IUs, and vocational-technical schools are required to obtain the following clearances:

FBI Clearance

Fee: $38
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 Criminal History Check

Fee: $22

  • Find a local police jurisdiction or state police department who is able to take ink-based fingerprints and place them on FBI fingerprint cards.
  • If you need fingerprint cards, you can download them from the FBI's website here.
  • Important: The FBI needs two separate sets of ink print cards submitted before they will do a name search. Please be sure to have two sets of fingerprints completed; mail them both and the second set will be held in case the FBI rejects the first set.
  • Follow the FBI Clearance process online at: IdentoGO to complete the online registration process. Print out the final screen that confirms you have completed registration. The fee can be paid online with a credit card or you can submit a money order.
  • Important: When you register online, must enter your address. This address is used to not only assist in the search of a criminal record but also to mail the results letter. Be sure to enter an address where you can receive your results letter.
  • Mail the completed cards, a copy of the registration receipt and a money order (if applicable) to: IdentoGO, 6840 Carothers Parkway, Suite 601, Franklin, TN 37067

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

Fee: $13


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