CPSL and You

The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires certain individuals to obtain clearances if in the course of their employment or volunteer activities they have either direct contact or routine interaction with children. 

These clearances are required at a minimum of every 60 months from the date of the oldest clearance.  A clearance includes:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal History Clearance

The FBI Criminal History Clearance includes a fingerprinting process. The Commonwealth’s vendor for the clearances is Identago by IDEMIAYou will need to provide a service code when you register with Identago for an appointment to be fingerprinted.
Provide the DHS (Department of Human Services) service code 1KG756.

Do I need to be fingerprinted each time for the FBI Criminal History Clearance? My fingerprints don't change. 

Yes. The Commonwealth’s vendor, Identago by IDEMIA, does not store applicant’s fingerprints; fingerprints are stored for the purpose of creating the background report and then are wiped. Therefore, an applicant is required to be fingerprinted each time in order to obtain a new report.   

For more information regarding obtaining a clearance, please click or tap here.

If you have additional questions regarding these clearances, you may contact the PDA government relations staff at (717) 234-5941.