- A Pennsylvania State Police criminal history (now free for volunteers)
- A Child Abuse Clearance from the Dept. of Human Services (also now free for volunteers)
- A Fingerprint (FBI) criminal history*
*The Child Protective Services Law requires all volunteers to complete three clearances, including the FBI Federal Criminal History Clearance However, the Law includes a limited exception which exempts a prospective volunteer from the FBI clearance if both of the following conditions apply: (I) the prospective volunteer has been a resident of Pennsylvania during the entirety of the previous ten-year period; and (2) the prospective volunteer swears or affirms in writing that he/she is not disqualified from service by reason of criminal history. Please ask the school for the Affidavit.
All of these may be done online (You will need a credit card for the FBI fingerprint clearance; the other two are now free); the fingerprint clearance will require that you visit a contracted fingerprint location to be fingerprinted.
First, register online https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pde.htm you will make the payment at this time with a credit card. You will then be given a list of approved Cogent Systems fingerprint sites. After fingerprinting, you’ll receive a sheet with a registration number that you’ll provide to the school in order to check your record online.
Select “Volunteer” as the reason for the request. This clearance is now free. Print out the certification and bring it to school so a copy can be kept with your child’s record.
You’ll be asked to create a sign-on. You’ll be asked for a Keystone ID# which is a number you’ll create yourself. Print out the submission and once you receive the hard copy, bring to school so a copy can be kept with your child’s record.