PA State Police Criminial Background Check
Act 34 of 1985 specified that employees of public and private schools,
hired as of January 1, 1986, must undergo criminal background checks.
Act 15 of 2015 amended the clearance requirements to require criminal background
checks be performed upon initial hire and then renewed every 60 months.
Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Checks can be processed instantly through an on-line application process by utilizing a credit card. PA Access to the Criminal History (PATCH) is provided through the Internet at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp. Follow the directions provided through PATCH, to obtain an instant copy of your Criminal History Record.
Hard copy application requests can be processed using Form SP 4-164, Request for Criminal Record Check. Keep in mind the paper application process does not provide immediate results and will delay your ability to work/volunteer/etc.
1. Applicant completes Part 1. Please note that an alias includes Maiden Name. Information in Part 1 is the job applicant's name, address, and telephone number. The background check is to be returned by the State Police to the applicant, not the school district. Therefore, the block that begins with "NAME OF REQUESTER" should be completed with your own name, address, and phone number.
2. In order to expedite the processing of the hard-copy application, please submit the completed SP 4-164 along with a money order (PERSONAL CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED) in the amount of $8.00 made payable to the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" to:
Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758
3. The State Police will return the Record Check directly to the applicant within one month. To check on the status, call 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422.
Once you receive your clearance, you must provide it to the District and a copy will be made for your file; the original is to be retained by the applicant.