Apply for an FBI Criminal History Background Check 

Pennsylvania requires certain individuals to get FBI criminal history background clearance to be employed, adopt or foster a child, or volunteer while having contact with children.


Background Checks provide employers and those selecting volunteers with information to use as a part of a larger decision-making process when determining whether to hire someone as an employee or select them as a volunteer.


  • $23.25 — Volunteers
  • $25.25 — Employees, Foster/Adoptive

Renewing Your Clearances

Clearances are required for an employee or unpaid volunteer at a minimum of every 60 months from the date of the most recent clearance. Clearances may be required more frequently based on licensure or employer requirements.

Review Your Results

The Department of Human Services (DHS) began offering the ability for an applicant to receive their FBI results electronically. This opportunity is only available for applicants who are determined to be eligible and who do not have a record. When the applicant does access the results, it is important that they be able to download it, save it and print it for future needs. There will be no second access to this electronic result.

All results — both those available online and not — will be sent by US Mail. Current mailing timelines take at least 7-10 business days to reach the intended destination.


Suspect Child Abuse? Report it.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call ChildLine. Mandatory reporters can report online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) system.

Fingerprinting Process

The Commonwealth contracts with IDEMIA for the multi-step process to obtain digital fingerprinting.

Register for a Fingerprinting Appointment

You can register for an appointment to be fingerprinted two ways — online or by phone. You can also walk in to an Indentogo location without an appointment, but this may lead to long wait times.

What You Will Need to Register

Service Code

When you register, you will be required to provide a service code. DHS volunteer service code include all volunteer services and are titled "DHS" because they are a Department of Human Services Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requirement.

If you need assistance in determining the appropriate service code, please email the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) by sending an email to

Forms of Identification

You will be required to present one acceptable form of identification when applying for a fingerprint clearance.

For minors requiring a background check

If a minor applicant does not have acceptable identification at the time of their fingerprinting appointment, they must present:

The Pennsylvania Photo ID Waiver for Minors form and a valid form of ID listed in the waiver, which includes:

  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or a Canadian province
  • Original or certified copy of a U.S Department of State Certification of Birth Abroad issued to U.S citizens born abroad (Form FS‐240, DS‐1350, or FS‐545)
  • Original or certified copy of court order with name and date of birth indicating an official change of name and/or gender from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Canadian providence or
  • Social Security Card

Payment Process

You are required to pay for fingerprinting at the time of service. If an employer is paying, an authorization code must be provided. If you do not have an authorization code, you will be required to pay out of pocket.

IDEMIA Payment Option

IDEMIA offers employers the option to pay for digital fingerprinting services using an No Charge Authorization Code (NCAC) Agreement. Interested employers must go to the IdentoGo website to find, complete, and submit the Idemia NCAC Agreement. This agreement is backed by a credit card, which must be provided at time of account setup. The account must be established prior to sending applicants to the fingerprint site.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • U.S. Drivers License or learner’s permit
  • U.S. commercial driver’s license or permit
  • Enhanced Tribal Card
  • Federal ID Card
  • U.S. Passport or passport card
  • Foreign passport
  • Permanent resident card/Green Card
  • State ID card

Apply for a Background Check

You can register for an appointment to be fingerprinted two ways: Online: Go to Telephone: Call 1-844-321-2101 and listen to the options menu. When you, your employee or volunteer register, please have your service code, one acceptable form of identification, and payment ready.

Apply Online

You can apply online via

Apply Online

Apply by Phone

You can apply over the phone by calling IDEMIA at 1-844-321-2101. Applicants should have your service code, one acceptable form of identification, and payment ready. 

Apply by Phone

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Contact IDEMIA by Phone

Call IDEMIA if you need an appointment or have questions about FBI Fingerprinting. 


Contact DHS

For additional information about FBI Fingerprinting Clearances, call the ChildLine Clearances Verification Unit.

Call DHS