PA Background Clearances

Pennsylvania Child Protection Laws & Clearances apply to Referees too

As of July 1, 2015, all paid employees age 14 and older working in the state of Pennsylvania, that interact directly with children, are required to get background clearances.  This must be done before attending the Entry Level Field Session, and for anyone transferring to Eastern Pennsylvania from another State Association.

Once you receive all three certificates, you must be upload them to your OMS/EPSARC account.

Helpful hints for the FBI background check:

    1KG756 Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children
  • For the FBI fingerprint check, you must first register online and pay the fee.  You’ll receive an email with the registration confirmation number.
  • Locate a nearby fingerprint location (listed on their website) and take that confirmation email with you.
  • They will do the fingerprint scans there (takes 5 minutes) and you will receive the results in 2-3 weeks.


  • Minors (ages 14-17) are exempt from the FBI fingerprint check if they have been a resident of Pennsylvania for the previous 10 years, however must complete an Affidavit of Compliance/Disclosure Form, in addition to the PA Child Abuse and PA State checks.