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Request a Criminal History Record

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Online Request 

At the Pennsylvania State Police site Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH), a requestor can apply for a criminal background check on an individual.  Eighty-five percent of the time, “No Record” certificates are returned immediately through the Internet to the requestor. 

Checking the status of a previously submitted Criminal History Request

If you have submitted your criminal history request on-line and know your control number, Check your record status. If you do not know your control number, or for additional criminal history request questions call the PATCH Help Line toll-free at: 1-888-QUERY-PA (1-888-783-7972).

Submitting a Request Form

This response is based on a comparison of data provided by the requester in Part I of the form against the information contained in the files of the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository only, and does not preclude the existence of criminal records which might be contained in the repositories of other local, state, or federal criminal justice agencies.



  • SP4-164 - $22.00, Standard Record Check Request. Only this type of request can be notarized

  • Notary Fee - $5.00, Available for standard record check requests ONLY

  • SP4-164A - Free, VOLUNTEERS ONLY

  • SP4-170 - $20.00,  Individual Access and Review. One Copy is to be submitted with a money order or certified check for the established fee, payable to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

After completion mail to:
Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository - RCPU
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758

For assistance call the PATCH Help Line toll-free at 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