Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Departments of Human Services (DHS) and General Services (DGS) and the Pennsylvania State Police today announced that Pennsylvanians obtaining a criminal history clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a permission needed to work and volunteer with children in Pennsylvania, be able to receive their results electronically if permitted. Candidates who use IDEMIA, the Commonwealth’s provider of fingerprints needed to complete an FBI criminal background clearance, will be able to receive their results electronically by email if they are found to have no criminal record, which helps applicants obtain this clearance more efficiently.

“Child abuse permits are a necessary step to help employers, volunteer coordinators and social service organizations protect the children in their care, but as Pennsylvanians who wish to work with children in critical roles complement this process, we also need to be aware of the impacts delays can have,” said Acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead. “Providing positive FBI clearances electronically to those without criminal records allows us to help applicants more effectively cover this important milestone so they can get to work faster to help children. ”

Under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Act, certain professions and volunteers as well as prospective foster or adoptive parents are required to obtain permits to work or volunteer with children. Three clearances are required under state law: the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, the Pennsylvania State Policy Criminal History Clearance, and the FBI criminal history.

“The Corporate Services Department is always looking for ways to add value and efficiency to the services our customers receive,” said Cheryl Kleeman-Deimler, DGS Product Supervisor responsible for the IDEMIA contract. “This contract amendment was truly a collaboration between state government agencies and the General Assembly. We are delighted to have been able to negotiate this time-saving feature into our fingerprinting contract, which aligns with our efforts to continuously improve our operations and services. »

“It’s important to note that we haven’t sacrificed efficiency for efficiency,” said Maj. Mark Shaver, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Records and Identification. “As always, no one will be entrusted with children until they have been fully vetted to ensure they deserve that trust.”

Fingerprints are required to complete FBI clearance and are usually delivered by mail. Now, when candidates apply for their fingerprints through IDEMIA (also known as IdentoGo or MorphoTrust), they will be able to create a secure account to receive their authorization via email if no record is identified. When results are delivered by e-mail, applicants must immediately download, save and print – they will not be able to access digital clearance multiple times and their account cannot be reset to prevent unauthorized release of information from permission. All applicants will always receive a copy of their clearances by mail, which usually arrives within 7-10 business days.

Questions regarding child abuse clearances should be directed to the DHS Clearance Review Unit at 1-877-371-5422. For more information on child abuse clearances in Pennsylvania, visit www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov.


Brandon Cwalina, DHS – [email protected]

Troy Thompson, CEO – 717-787-3197

Myles Snyder, PSP – 717-783-5556, [email protected]

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