Please follow these instructions for obtaining Safe Sanctuaries clearances:
1. PA State Police Background Check
– Go to https://epatch.state.pa.us.
– Left hand side, part way down under Credit Card User, click on “submit a new record check”.
– Follow instructions.
– Pay $10 fee.
– If no record, clearances will be generated immediately, PRINT.
– Turn in a copy to the church office.
2. PA Child Abuse Clearance (Act33)
– Go to https://epatch.state.pa.us.
– Follow link on the page under “electronic submission” or follow the “paper submission” CY113 form if
preferred ( paper method will require a money order).
– Click on “create a new account” to register as a new user. You will be prompted to create a Keystone
ID (username) and a temporary password will be emailed to you.
– Once you receive your password, return to https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS and login.
– If you do not see the login window you may need to click “continue” on the bottom right of the page to
arrive at the login screen.
– Create a new password and return again to https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS to re-login.
– Once logged-in click on “create clearance application”.
– Follow the prompts to accept certain criteria and hit “next” to move through the pages.
– You will need information regarding past addressed and past housemates to fill out this form.
– Continue until payment page, pay $10, and complete the process.
– You will receive an email from noreply@pa.gov informing you that your application was received and
will take 14 days to be processed.
– When you receive confirmation of your processed application, turn original into the church office, keep
copy for personal records.
3. FBI Fingerprints (unless exempt)*
– Go to https://www.pa.cogentid.com.
– Click on the second box on the top row (nursing students, child care,…).
– Use this site to check hours and register or call for an appointment (you must register before going in).
– Check the “what to bring” page.
– Click “register online” and fill in the yellow highlighted areas of the registration application.
– Fee is $27.50 (pay online or bring money order).
– Print out registration sheet and take sheet to the fingerprinting location with proper identification.
– Report will come in the mail, keep a copy for your record and turn the original into the church office.

* Those eligible for exempt status are non-paid volunteers who have lived consecutively in PA for the
past 10 years (out-of-state college is NOT an exception). They are able to sign an affidavit in lieu of
getting their FBI Finger Print Clearances. All others (paid and non-consecutive 10 year PA residents,
must be finger printed). This affidavit must be notarized.  Please contact a Children’s Director or the Youth Pastor if you need access to a Notary.