Act 34 - Criminal Background Check

Act 34 of 1985 specified that employees of public and private schools,
hired as of January 1, 1986, must undergo criminal background checks.

Act 15 of 2015 amended the clearance requirements to require criminal background
checks be performed upon initial hire and then renewed every 60 months.

Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Checks can be processed instantly through an on-line application process by utilizing a credit card. PA Access to the Criminal History (PATCH) is provided through the Internet at

Follow the directions provided through PATCH, to obtain an instant copy of your Criminal History Record.