In order to work or volunteer with children, certain people are required to obtain clearances.
On July 1, 2018, the fee for PA child abuse history clearances will be increasing from $8 to $13. PA child abuse clearance fees for volunteers will continue to be waived one time within a 5-year period. Amendments to the Child Protective Services Law in 2014 and 2015 expanded who is required to receive child abuse clearances and that clearances must be renewed every five years, resulting in the number of PA child abuse history clearance applications increasing exponentially. The passage of Act 40 of 2017 included a maximum fee increase to $13 for PA child abuse history clearances to assist in covering actual costs for processing these clearances.
The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) self-service portal or mailed in. Submitting an application online allows individual applicants to receive their results through an automated system that will notify them once their results have been processed. Applicants will be able to view and print their results online. The self-service portal also provides organizations the ability to create business accounts to prepay for child abuse clearances and have online access to the results. Get more information about the electronic submission of child abuse clearances or on obtaining a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check or Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check.
Apply by mail
Paper submissions of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application will still be accepted for anyone who may not have access to the internet.
Submit paper applications to:
ChildLine and Abuse Registry
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
PO Box 8170
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170
Once the application is received in the ChildLine and Abuse Registry’s Verification Unit, the results of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance will be mailed to the applicant’s address that was noted on the application within 14 days from the date that the application is received in the ChildLine Verification Unit.
FBI Digital Fingerprinting
The Commonwealth transitioned to a new vendor for digital fingerprinting, IDEMIA. Effective November 28, 2017, you can register with IDEMIA, and be fingerprinted at an IdentoGO site. A service code is required in order to schedule an appointment at an IdentoGO location. Please see below for more details. For IDEMIA registration, processing, or billing questions, please contact IDEMIA/IdentoGo at 1-844-321-2101.
All applicants should refer to their Service Code form for the list of acceptable identification documents. Present one of the identification documents during your enrollment appointment.
Minors requiring FBI Digital Fingerprinting
If a minor applicant does not have acceptable identification at the time of the fingerprinting appointment they must present:
- The Pennsylvania Photo ID Waiver for Minors
Service codes are a required field for all pre-enrollments. Below are the service codes available for applicants applying under the Department of Human Services:
The Service Code form includes additional information for the enrollment and fingerprinting process.
|Service Code||Applicant Type||Description||Department|
|1KG6ZJ||DHS Volunteer||An individual applying for or holding an unpaid position as a volunteer with a child-care service, a school or a program, activity or service, as a person responsible for the child's welfare or having direct volunteer contact with children.||Department of Human Services|
|1KG71B||Foster Parent||An individual responsible for providing foster family care to children placed by a Family Foster Care Agency.||Department of Human Services|
|1KG72V||Prospective Adoptive Parent||An individual who is engaged in the process of becoming an adoptive parent by establishing a legal relationship of parent and child when not related by birth.||Department of Human Services|
|1KG738||Child Care Services/Program Employee or Contractor||Any employee or contractor of a child care service or program, including but not limited to a child care center or home, residential facility or center, behavioral health service, substance use service, early intervention service, or child care service offered by a school.||Department of Human Services|
|1KG74S||Family Child Care Home Provider||A residence where child care is provided at any time to no less than four children and no more than six children who are not relatives of the caregiver.||Department of Human Services|
|1KG756||Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children||An employee age 14 or older who would not fall under the child care services/program employee or contractor definition, and who has care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.||Department of Human Services|
|1KG76Q||Individual >=18 Years in Foster Home||An individual 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a foster parent for at least 30 days in a calendar year||Department of Human Services|
|1KG774||Individual >=18 Years in Prospective Adoptive Home||An individual 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a prospective adoptive parent for at least 30 days in a calendar year.||Department of Human Services|
|1KG78K||Individual >=18 Years in Licensed Child Care Home||An individual age 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a licensed child care home for at least 30 days in a calendar year, in which child care is provided at any one time to four, five or six children unrelated to the operator.||Department of Human Services|
|1KG8TG||Individual >=18 Years in Family Living, Community, or Host Home||An individual age 18 years of age or older who resides for at least 30 days in a calendar year in the following homes:
• Family living: the private home of an individual or family in which residential care is provided to one or two individuals with an intellectual disability.
• Community home for individuals with an intellectual disability.
• Host home for children with intellectual disabilities receiving supervised independent living services.
|Department of Human Services|
Who needs child abuse clearances?
Types of clearances
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