Volunteer Clearances

As of July 1, 2015, PA law requires all volunteers who work in a school must have valid clearances.

Three clearances are required:

(1) PA Child Abuse Clearance  (as of July 25, 2015 the fee for volunteers will be waived)
(2) PA Criminal Background Check Clearance (as of July 25, 2015 the fee for volunteers will be waived)
(3) FBI Clearance  (the fee for this clearance will still be in effect)

Click Here to read Governor Wolf’s press release on the fee waiver for volunteers that goes into effect July 25, 2015)

WEBSITES FOR CLEARANCES:

PA Criminal Check


FBI Check


PA Child Abuse Check

This information is related to applying for your Child Abuse History Certification (Clearance) for volunteer and non-volunteer purposes.  Please note that the term “clearance” has been changed in the law to “certification”, so that these two terms have the same meaning for the purposes of this email.

Individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification can apply, and if applicable, pay online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis.  Applying for your Child Abuse History Certification online expedites the application process and provides the applicant with their results electronically.  The Department of Human Services (DHS) strongly encourages applicants to apply for their Child Abuse History Certification electronically as this streamlines the process and makes it more efficient for the applicants.

For applicants who prefer to apply for their Child Abuse History Certification by paper, DHS will continue to accept paper applications. Please know that submitting a paper application takes additional time to process.

For individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification for non-volunteer purposes, the fee has been reduced to $8.  DHS will be issuing refunds for overpayment of fees for those applications that were submitted after July 25, 2015.  For applications submitted with an overpayment prior to July 25, 2015, no refund will be issued.

For individuals applying for their Child Abuse History Certification for volunteer purposes,  the fee has been waived and no payment is required.  For those applicants submitting payment with an application for volunteer purposes, the application will be processed and the payment will be returned.