Background Checks for ministry
Church employees and volunteers that are responsible for caring for children (up to age 18) in a regularly scheduled program, activity or service are required by PA Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to obtain specific background checks, or “certifications”, and repeat them every 36 months. The required clearances include the following: Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113), Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check Form (SP4-164) and FBI Fingerprint Record Checks. If you have been a resident of PA for 10 or more years, you do not need to get an FBI Fingerprint Record Check; however, you must submit a signed certification statement to the church office (see below). Copies of all volunteer clearances must be submitted to and kept on file within the church office. There is no cost involved for anyone who requests clearances as a volunteer. Click below for instructions on how to obtain your background checks and clearances or for the FBI Fingerprint waiver form.