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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:

  • Know your control number? Check your record status
  • Don't know your control number? Have other questions? Call the PATCH Help Line toll-free at: 1-888-QUERY-PA (1-888-783-7972).

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.

Mail to:

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).

Additional Information

Overview of the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH)
Glossary of terms used in PATCH