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Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check

  • Application can be submitted online with a credit card at:
  • THIS IS THE RECOMMENDED PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING! History record (if clear) comes up on screen immediately; print it out as your evidence.
  • OR application forms can be downloaded at:
    • See the Request a Criminal History Record Link to be taken to downloadable forms
    • Indicate EMPLOYMENT as the “Reason for Request”
    • For mailed form, allow 8-10 weeks for processing and mailing times.
    • For mailed form, payment must be made with certified check or money order (keep your receipt as evidence!)
    • Personal checks are not accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.