The PA Child Protective Services Law changed effective January 1, 2015. Everyone that works or volunteers in positions that are responsible for the welfare of a child or have direct contact with children must provide these clearances.
FAQ Group: Clearances
What clearances do I need?
Individuals who are paid to oversee children/have direct contact with children must provide/complete the following four items: 1. PA State Police Criminal Record Check (PATCH) 2. PA Child Abuse History Clearance 3. FBI Criminal Background Check 4. Safe Sport Certification Please Note: The law provides that the FBI Criminal Background Check may be replaced for
How much do the background clearances cost?
1.The PATCH background check costs approximately $22.00 and requires a credit card for processing. 2.The Child Abuse background check costs approximately $8 and requires a credit card for processing. 3.The FBI background check costs approximately $22.60 and requires a credit card for processing. 4.The Safe Sport Certification is completely free. * Since you are an
How do I obtain my background clearances?
Please click here and follow the steps to obtain your background clearances.
What do the background clearances look like?
They are NOT the receipts that you paid. The State Police Criminal Record and Child Abuse Clearances are generally returned within a few minutes online so save a copy of them in your computer and print a copy ready to be mailed. The FBI background check is generally returned within 4 to 10 weeks after
How long do these clearances usually take to return?
The State Police Criminal Record and Child Abuse Clearances are generally returned within a few minutes online. The FBI background check is generally returned within 4 to 10 weeks after your fingerprints have been taken.
Who do I send my background clearances to?
Once you have all three clearances (or the two clearances and your notarized minor affidavit), mail those copies to: WPA SRC New Referee c/o Peggy Neason, 82 Lookout Ave, Monongahela, PA 15063. We cannot accept emails of clearance documents.
Do I have to obtain these clearances every year?
No you do not. Clearances are good for five years; unless you are turning 18 this year which means your affidavit will expire when you turn 18. Therefore, you will need to obtain your FBI fingerprint clearance.
I am still in secondary school; do I need a Work Permit?
Yes. If you are 14-17 and still in secondary/high school, you will need to get a Work Permit. Work permits ask for an employer, which is your local club. You will get this at your school guidance office and it will be on blue paper and say WORK PERMIT. Mail a copy (not the original)
I will be turning 18 this year. Do I need to obtain FBI clearance this year?
Yes you do. Please follow the instructions here to obtain your FBI clearance.