As of January 5, 2015, you may now gain the PA Child Abuse History Clearance online. This form is distributed and processed by the PA Department of Human Services. There is no cost. (If you have previously applied for a Child Abuse clearance and are applying again within the five year time limit you may be charged.) Pennsylvania Child Welfare Portal recommends that you do not use Chrome Browser to obtain this as they have been having issues with this browser recently.

    Pennsylvania Child Welfare Portal  https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

    • You will need your Social Security Number.
    • Select the “Create Individual Account” and then select “Next”.

    • Complete required information and then select “Finish".
      • NOTE: Your Keystone ID is a username that you create and must have 6 to 10 characters, 1 upper case, 1 lower case, and one symbol.

      • Be sure to write down your username, password, and security questions/answers. You will need these again to log in for your clearance results!
    • You will be e-mailed your temporary password to the e-mail account you provided, previously, in the required information.

      • You will need to close the window that you created your Child Welfare Portal account in and reopen a new window to proceed with your Keystone ID (username) and your temporary password (sent to you via e-mail).
    • Go to the https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS website, and select “Log In”.

      • Select “Access My Clearances” and then select “Continue” at the bottom of the page.

      • Enter your Keystone ID (username) and your temporary password (sent to you via e-mail).

    • You will then need to change your temporary password to a password you select, then select “Submit”.
    • Log out again.

    • Go to https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS website, and select “Log In”.
      • Enter your Keystone ID (username) and your password you just created.

      • I have read…” and then select “Next”.

      • Select “Continue” at the bottom of the page and then select “Create Clearance Application”.

      • Select “Begin” and then select “Employment”.

      • Continue completing Part 1 and Part 2 of the Clearance Application.

    • You should get an email notification when your clearance has been completed (as well as a copy mailed to your house if you selected that).


Last Modified on December 13, 2023