In order to work or volunteer with children, certain people are required to obtain clearances.
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.
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:
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|
|1KG72V||Prospective Adoptive Parent|
|1KG738||Child Care Services/Program Employee or Contractor|
|1KG74S||Family Child Care Home Provider|
|1KG756||Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children|
|1KG76Q||Individual >=18 Years in Foster Home|
|1KG774||Individual >=18 Years in Prospective Adoptive Home|
|1KG78K||Individual >=18 Years in Licensed Child Care Home|
|1KG8TG||Individual >=18 Years in Family Living, Community, or Host Home|
Who needs child abuse clearances?
Types of clearances
Pennsylvania Child Abuse
Pennsylvania State Police
Federal Bureau of Investigation