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Get a Clearance

In order to work or volunteer with children, certain people are required to obtain clearances. 

Apply online

The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) self-service portal. 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.

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.

Identification Requirements

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:

          AND

  • One of the listed identification documents for the minor (listed in the waiver), which includes:
    • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by the appropriate State Bureau of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or a Canadian province. A birth record issued by a hospital is not acceptable under this category.
    •  Original or certified copy of a U.S Department of State Certification of  Birth Abroad issued to U.S citizens born abroad (Form FS‐240, DS‐1350, or FS‐545).
    •  Original or certified copy of court order with name and date of birth indicating an official change of name and/or gender from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Canadian providence.
    •  Social Security Card (actual card).

Service Codes

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 CodeApplicant Type
1KG6ZJDHS Volunteer
1KG71BFoster Parent
1KG72VProspective Adoptive Parent
1KG738Child Care Services/Program Employee or Contractor
1KG74SFamily Child Care Home Provider
1KG756Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children
1KG76QIndividual >=18 Years in Foster Home
1KG774Individual >=18 Years in Prospective Adoptive Home
1KG78KIndividual >=18 Years in Licensed Child Care Home
1KG8TGIndividual >=18 Years in Family Living, Community, or Host Home

 

Who needs child abuse clearances?

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - employees

Employees having contact
with children

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - Parents

Foster/adoptive
parents

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - teacher 1

School employees governed
by the Public School Code

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - teacher 2

School employees not governed
by the Public School Code

Types of clearances

Pennsylvania Child Abuse
History Clearance

Pennsylvania State Police
Criminal Record Check

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Criminal Background Check

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - volunteer

Volunteers