Clearances and Background Checks

 The Commonwealth has transitioned to a new vendor for digital fingerprinting, IDEMIA.  You can register with IDEMIA, and be fingerprinted at an IdentoGO site. For general questions about FBI clearances, please contact the FBI Background Check Unit at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422. For IDEMIA registration, processing, or billing questions, please contact IDEMIA/IdentoGo at 1-844-321-2101.

Appointments to be fingerprinted are not required, but pre‐registration is required. Once registered, you may walk‐in during a location’s posted hours of operation, but scheduling an appointment may lead to lesser/no wait times. In order to pre-register for a FBI background check and/or find a fingerprinting location, applicants should visit the IdentoGO website.

IDEMIA uses service codes when identifying the authorized purpose for why an applicant is being fingerprinted. Service codes are a required field for all pre-registrations, and the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) codes are provided below. These codes ensure applicants are processed for the correct purpose and agency.

For FAQs or additional information on fingerprinting services, locations or scheduling an appointment, applicants are encouraged to visit the IDEMIA supplier website or IdentoGO website.

 

Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF)  

Service CodeApplicant TypeDescriptionDepartment
1KG6ZJDHS VolunteerAn individual applying for or holding an unpaid position as a volunteer with a child-care service, a school or a program, activity or service, as a person responsible for the child's welfare or having direct volunteer contact with children. Department of Human Services
1KG71BFoster ParentAn individual responsible for providing foster family care to children placed by a Family Foster Care Agency.Department of Human Services
1KG72VProspective Adoptive ParentAn individual who is engaged in the process of becoming an adoptive parent by establishing a legal relationship of parent and child when not related by birth.Department of Human Services
1KG738Child Care Services/Program Employee or ContractorAny employee or contractor of a child care service or program, including but not limited to a child care center or home, residential facility or center, behavioral health service, substance use service, early intervention service, or child care service offered by a school.Department of Human Services
1KG74SFamily Child Care Home ProviderA residence where child care is provided at any time to no less than four children and no more than six children who are not relatives of the caregiver.Department of Human Services
1KG756Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ ChildrenAn employee age 14 or older who would not fall under the child care services/program employee or contractor definition, and who has care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.Department of Human Services
1KG76QIndividual >=18 Years in Foster HomeAn individual 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a foster parent for at least 30 days in a calendar yearDepartment of Human Services
1KG774Individual >=18 Years in Prospective Adoptive HomeAn individual 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a prospective adoptive parent for at least 30 days in a calendar year.Department of Human Services
1KG78KIndividual >=18 Years in Licensed Child Care HomeAn individual age 18 years of age or older who resides in the home of a licensed child care home for at least 30 days in a calendar year, in which child care is provided at any one time to four, five or six children unrelated to the operator.Department of Human Services
1KG8TGIndividual >=18 Years in Family Living, Community, or Host Home

An individual age 18 years of age or older who resides for at least 30 days in a calendar year in the following homes:
   • Family living: the private home of an individual or family in which residential care is provided to one or two individuals with an intellectual disability.
  • Community home for individuals with an intellectual disability.
  • Host home for children with intellectual disabilities receiving supervised independent living services.

Department of Human Services
 
For questions related to the status of a FBI background check after being fingerprinted under a DHS, OCYF service code, the applicant can contact the ChildLine Verification Unit at 717-783-6211 or toll free at 1-877-371-5422. Learn more about Child Abuse History Clearances.

 

Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL)

The code for a worker in an OLTL program depends on whether the FBI clearance is being obtained because the worker has lived out of state in the last 2 years or if it is part of a child abuse clearance.

Service CodeApplicant TypeDescriptionDepartment
1KG756Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ ChildrenAn employee age 14 or older who would not fall under the child care services/program employee or contractor definition, and who has care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.Department of Human Services
1KG8RJOLTL worker who lived out of state for more than two yearsA worker who have lived out of state in the last two years must use the Department of Aging code.Department of Aging

 

Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP)

Furthermore, there are OMAP codes for high-risk providers enrolling with Medical Assistance and CHIP that must be requested directly from OMAP. For more information please visit our provider enrollment page.