Effective December 31, 2014, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application can be submitted online. Once you enter the link provided below, which is the Department of Human Services (DHS) Website, you will be directed to the Child Welfare Portal where you must create an account (or log in if you already have such an account). Please note that to create an account, you will need an email address.
Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately. Paper submissions, while still accepted, generally take four (4) to six (6) weeks to process, so it is recommended that the online process be utilized if possible.