Students are required to have clearances on file in order to participate in Educ 561, SED 507, SED 511, Psy 539/SED 539, Psy 549a, Psy 585, and Social Coaching. These clearances include:

  • Act 34, Child Abuse
  • Act 151, Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprinting

Child Abuse Clearance (Act 34)

  • This form is available online through the Pennsylvania Department of Education or click here.
  • It must be mailed to the address on the application.
  • Requires a $10 money order.
  • Takes more than a week to process after being mailed in so please plan accordingly.

Criminal Record Check (Act 151)

  • This process is available online through the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History or it can be completed by mail.
  • Requires a $10 fee. 
  • If completed online, print the confirmation of the clearance.

FBI Clearance

  • To begin the process, pre-register online with the Cogent Application Fingerprint Registration System for Pennsylvania.
  • Fingerprinting costs $28.75 (and an additional $2.50 for a copy, which is recommended).
  • Register: Dept. of Education, NOT Welfare. 
  • Payment can be made online by major credit card, or by money order at the time prints are taken.
  • Print the online confirmation and take it to one of the following:
    • NEIU | 1200 Line St. Archbald, PA | 570-876-9200
    • The UPS Store | 201 S. Blakely St. Dunmore, PA | 570-558-6300
    • Family Financial | 100 River St. Scranton, PA | 570-207-1950 
  • Be sure to bring a photo ID.

*See website above for hours and other PA locations.