Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the 3 required background checks if I live in Pennsylvania?

  1. You can complete the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check (SP4-164) ($8 for employees, free for volunteers) online at You will be able to print the results of these clearance immediately after completion.
  2. You can complete the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History (CY-113) ($8 for employees, free for volunteers) online application at You will need to create an account. These results will be sent to you within 2-4 weeks.
  3. All actively credentialed leaders as well as volunteers who have not lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years will complete the Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Record Check ($27.50) will be completed in two steps: a) First register and pay online at At the end of this process you will be prompted to print a receipt of your payment and completed registration. b) Take the printout to a designated fingerprint location (find one at under Print Site Locations) and bring along the required ID (find what’s counts as acceptable ID at under Print Site Locations: What to Bring). After having your prints taken, results will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks.


Who needs the FBI Fingerprint Record Check?

All Actively Credentialed Leaders by ACC (including those without charge), as well as volunteers to ACC youth events who have not lived in Pennsylvania for 10 years must complete the FBI Fingerprint Record Check. Those volunteers who have lived in PA for 10 years must submit a signed statement to their church that they are exempt from this requirement as a result of the necessary term of residence.

More information on PA Child Abuse Certification Requirements

I’m a credentialed leader but don’t live or work in Pennsylvania. What is required of me?

We are asking credentialed leaders from non-PA states to complete 1) a criminal background check, 2) a child abuse history clearance, and 3) the FBI criminal record check. Most states have some version of the first two, and the FBI check is a nation-wide clearance and so is available in each state, with varying degrees of accessability. If you have trouble determining what checks are available/reasonably accessible, contact the ACC office for further details or assistance.

Can I use the clearances I get for employment for volunteering purposes?

Yes. But the opposite is not true. The law was changed so that now clearances obtained for volunteer purposes cannot be used for employment.

Also, background clearances obtained for employment can be used for multiple jobs and volunteer assignments. Background checks obtained for volunteer purposes can be used for multiple volunteer services.

How often do I need to renew my clearances?

The time period was extended so that now clearances only have to be renewed every five years instead of every three years.