Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record

The Pennsylvania State Police has established a web-based computer application called “Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History” or PATCH.  Using this system, a requestor can apply for a criminal background check on an individual.  Eighty percent of the time, “No Record” certificates are returned immediately through the Internet to the requestor.

The information provided by the requestor will be checked against the criminal history database maintained by the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository.  If the subject’s information does not hit on any information in the database, the requestor will receive the results instantly over the Internet and the requestor can print out the “No Record” certificate.  If the subject’s information hits on something in the database, the requestor receives an immediate “Request Under Review” response.  A “Request Under Review” response does not necessarily mean that the individual has a record.  At this point the information is manually reviewed.  After the review the status will be updated to “No Record” or “Record”.  The requestor should check the PATCH website periodically for an updated status to their request.  For all “No Record” responses, the certificate must be printed out at the requestor’s computer.  All “Record” responses will be mailed to the requestor at the address provided by the requestor.  It may take up to two weeks for the status to be updated from a “Request Under Review” to a “No Record” or “Record”.

An $22.00 fee applies to process the clearance online.  The requester will be required to pay via credit card or debit card online.  Below is a link to access the “PATCH” website:

Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History


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