The Pennsylvania State Police has established a web-based computer application called “Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History” (PATCH.) Using this system, a requestor can apply for a PA criminal background check online. This clearance is valid for 5 years from date of issuance. “No Record” certificates are returned immediately 85% of the time, via email. The cost is $22.00 per request.

    Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) Website https://epatch.pa.gov/home 

    • You will need your Social Security Number.
    • Log in to the website listed above, then select “Submit a New Record Check”.

      • NOTE: Reason for Request = Employment
    • Select “Next” and then select “Proceed”.

    • Complete the required fields with your personal information as requested.

    • Enter This Request”.

    • Select “Finished”, then “Submit”, and finally “Checkout”.

    • Continue entering payment information and select “Pay with your credit card”.

    • Once you get your notification email to let you know your clearance is complete- click on the blue control # beginning with “R”. Click on the blue “Certification Form” to get the official State Police clearance. Print the final PA Criminal History Record.

    • Please save your PA Criminal History Record electronically for future reference.

    Upon completion, please provide a copy of your State Police clearance to Human Resources at the DAC (or e-mail results to mfullerton@ldsd.org).



Last Modified on August 16, 2023