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Background Checks

The State of Pennsylvania requires that churches do a background check on any staff or volunteer that works with children under the supervision of the church.

You received an FAQ packet from your ministry director. In the packet are payment codes so the government bureaus can bill the church. Please follow the FAQ instructions as you complete the forms below.

All volunteers in the childrens ministries are required to complete #1, #2, and #3. If you have lived out of state sometime after 2009, you are also required to complete #4 and #5.

All Volunteers

#1. Criminal Background Check – Pennsylvania State Police — NOW FREE!

#2. Child Abuse Clearance – Pennsylvania Child Welfare Department — NOW FREE!


Any Volunteers Who Have Lived within State in Last 10 Years

You need to verify in writing that you have lived in state since 2005. Please print the exemption document below and sign and return to the church office.

#3. Exempt from Federal Criminal Check


Any Volunteers Who Have Lived Out of State in Last 10 Years

You need to obtain a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent.

#4. Nationwide Criminal Check – Federal Bureau of Investigation — USE PAYMENT CODE PROVIDED BY CHURCH!

#5. Find a Fingerprint location