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​Pennsylvania State Police (PSP)
Criminal History Record Check


    • Free — Volunteers
    • $22 — Employees, Foster/Adoptive Parents

How to Submit an Application

There are two methods of requesting a Pennsylvania Criminal record:

Online Request

The Pennsylvania State Police have established a web-based computer application called "Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History (PATCH)". Results are often received immediately when applied for online. If results are not immediately received, please note the following:

    • If you provide your e-mail address in the application, PATCH will send messages stating: 
        1. That the clearance request was received; and 
        2. When your clearance results are completed and ready to be reviewed and printed.  
    • If you do not provide an e-mail address, then please document the control number so that you may log back into the PATCH system to obtain the clearance results when they are completed.

Paper Request

If you need a paper version of the application, please complete the following steps:

    1. Go to "Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH)"
    2. Go to the "Help" option on the top of the page
    3. When you hover over the "Help" option a drop down menu will appear
    4. Scroll down and click on the form that you want to review and print


If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal History Record Check form for employment (SP4 164) or to volunteer (SP4-164A), please call: Toll-free 1-888-783-7972.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), which is in part comprised of the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.