Act 34 Pennsylvania Criminal History Clearance Instructions

  • Act 34 Pennsylvania Criminal History Clearance

    The Pennsylvania State Police has established a web-based computer application called “Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History” or PATCH.  Using this system, a requestor can apply for a criminal background check on an individual.  Eighty percent of the time, “No Record” certificates are returned immediately through the Internet to the requestor.

    • Go to "New Record" and follow the instructions.
    • The reason for the clearance is EMPLOYMENT.
    • VOLUNTEER clearances will not be accepted for employment purposes.
    • When the Search Results Table appears, click on the Control Number.  (Hint: Write down the Control Number for future access to you Official Clearance.)
    • The Records Check Details page will open, but this is not the official clearance and it will not be accepted by the employer.
    • To access your Official Clearance you will see a blue text "CERTIFICATION PAGE".  Click on the blue text to access your Act 34 Pennsylvania State Police Clearance.
    • Print and save the official clearance for your records and submit a copy to the Human Resources Department.

    A $22.00 fee applies to process the clearance online.  The requester will be required to pay via credit card or debit card online.  Below is a link to access the “PATCH” website:

    Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History