Request a Criminal History Record
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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
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
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
Fees (effective December 1, 2017):
SP4-164 - $22.00, Standard Record Check Request. Only this type of request can
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).
Overview of the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH)
Glossary of terms used in PATCH