Act 34 Requirement
Effective January 1, 1986, all Pennsylvania residents must submit with their employment application a copy of a report of "Criminal History Record Information" from the Pennsylvania State Police or a statement from the Pennsylvania State Police that the State Police central repository contains no such information. Out-of-State applicants must submit with their application for employment a copy of a federal criminal record report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The criminal record report must be no more than one (1) year old and upon hiring, the applicant MUST submit the ORIGINAL report.
Act 151 Requirement
Effective July 1, 1995, all Pennsylvania residents must submit with their employment application a copy of a report of "Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance" from the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. The child abuse report must be no more than one (1) year old and upon hiring, the applicant MUST submit the ORIGINAL report.
Federal Criminal History Background Check
Act 114 of 2006, Section 111 of the Public School Code was amended effective April 1, 2007. All student teachers (participating in classroom teaching, internships, clinical or field experience) and prospective employees (including but not limited to administrators, teachers, substitutes, janitors, cafeteria workers, office employees) of public and private schools, Intermediate Units and area vocational-technical schools, including independent contractors and their employees and bus drivers, who have direct contact with children, must provide to their employer a copy of their Pennsylvania State Criminal History Background Check and their Federal Criminal History Record that cannot be more than one (1) year old. This only applies to employees hired on or after April 1, 2007. Employees hired prior to April 1, 2007, are only required to provide the Federal Criminal History record if they have lived outside of the state for at least two years immediately preceding their application for employment.
Click here for federal background checks information from the PA Department of Education web site.