ACT 153 Clearances

  Needed to go onto the Field Trip

Effective July 2015


In order for you to go on the field trips this school year, you must have the following clearances. Payment for these services are your responsibility.


ACT 114-FBI Clearance- https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm $28.75 fee

Please submit your 16-digit ID number, beginning with the letters PAE after your prints are scanned.


Register with Cogent through the above site. Make sure you register for the Department of Education FBI clearance (1st right-side menu box). Click register online and complete the entire application, using a credit card for the $28.75 fee. Print the Registration ID (16-digit PAE number). Take your receipt with registration ID and a valid photo ID to the most convenient fingerprinting site to have your fingerprints scanned (call the site first to be sure they are still open and for their hours of operation). Once you have had your fingerprints scanned at the fingerprint site, then you can submit your registration ID (16-digit PAE Number) as per the instructions below.


All Fingerprinting sites are listed on the cogent website. The Allegheny Intermediate Unit has extended its fingerprinting services to Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Fingerprinting services will not be available on AIU observed holidays.         Phone: 412-394-5700. Also, the fingerprinting site closest to Shaler Area School District is the UPS Store #5726, 5513 Wm. Flynn Hwy #400, Gibsonia, PA 15044; www.theupsstore.com/5726.htm; Phone: 724-443-0381; hours for fingerprinting are Mon.-Fri. 11:00 am-5:00 pm only.


ACT 34-Pennsylvania Criminal History Check-https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.isp $10.00 fee


Scroll down and click on, “Submit New Record”, then complete the Personal Information Section and follow the instructions to the Certification Page, using a credit card for the $10.00 fee. Once the Search Results Table appears, click on the Control Number and write down the Control Number and your User Name and Password for future reference and use. The Record Check Details page is opened and this Record Check Details page is only a receipt and not acceptable as a “clearance”. Click on the Certification Page to access your official Clearance. Please print 2 Certification Pages, 1 for you and one for your Personnel File (an oval PA State Police Seal will be water-marked in the background on the actual Certification Form that you submit).


ACT 151-Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances-https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS $10.00 fee


A new online application process for obtaining your Child Abuse Clearance is now available, using the above website. The phone number for questions is 1-877-371-5422 and phone hours are M-W-F 8:30 am-11:00 am and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.


Click the box, “Create a New Account”; follow the instructions to complete the form, using a credit card for the $10 fee. When you have submitted all the required information on the form, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your Child Abuse Application. You will then either receive a second email when your application is approved, and it can be either instantaneously or take up to 2 weeks. You will print this form which is your actual Child Abuse Clearance Certificate.




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