Request a Background Check
Apply for a PSP background check online or by mail. For information about the Child Protective Services Law or clearances, please visit the Keep Kids Safe Website.
Submit a Request Online
Request criminal background checks at PA Access to Criminal History (PATCH). Most “No Record” checks provide immediate results. Go to:
Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH)
Checking the Status of a Request
If you have submitted a criminal history request online:
Submit a Request by Mail
Download a form:
These checks search records in the PSP Central Repository only. Additional records may exist from other criminal justice agencies. To access and review records found in the PSP Central Repository, use:
SP4-164 - $22;
Standard record check request. Only this type of request can be notarized.
Notary Fee - $5; optional, available for standard record check requests.
SP4-164A - Free; VOLUNTEERS ONLY
SP4-170 - $20; Individual Access and Review.
Submit a copy with a money order or certified check, payable to
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository - RCPU
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758
For assistance call the PATCH Help Line: 1-888-QUERY-PA (1-888-783-7972).
Overview of the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH)
Glossary of terms used in PATCH