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Step by Step Instructions for Clearance Forms


ALL APPLICANTS MUST SECURE (see instructions below):


Criminal Background Check

  • Have a credit card ready.
  • Click the link above for this clearance.
  • Click on Submit a New Record Check
  • Reason for Request - choose Education or School District
  • Accurately complete the information requested and click Next
  • Verify, then click on Proceed.
  • Enter your personal information again and click Enter the Request.
  • Click on Finished.
  • Click Submit on the Review page
  • Enter your credit card information and click Next
  • Click on the hyperlink for the control number.
  • Click on Certification Form.
  • Print at least 2 copies of this form - one for you and one to turn into the TEP office.   If you have problems printing, you will need to note your control number and the date you processed the clearance in order to pull it up on another computer where you can print.


Child Abuse History Clearance

  • Click the link above for this clearance.
  • Enter your name, address, and other personal information as requested in the boxes.  You can use your school address on this form if you will be on campus at least four weeks after mailing your request.  If you choose to use your school address, the county is Cumberland.
  • Skip any sections that don't apply to you.
  • Purpose of clearance - check School Employee.
  • Print and sign the form at the bottom of the first page.  There is nothing for you to complete beyond this, but you must attach the second page when you mail it.
  • You must attach a money order made payable to Department of Public Welfare.  Money orders are available at the Grantham Post Office or convenience or grocery stores.  You must pay cash for a money order ($10 + the cost of the money order).
  • Make a copy of the form before sending it off as proof of processing.  File in a safe place with your money order receipt.
  • Mail the completed form with the money order to the address at the top of the form.
  • You will receive the clearance within 14 days at the address you listed on the form.  If you need to get the clearance more quickly, you have the option of driving your form and money order to the Childline Office in Harrisburg to get the clearance immediately.  The Childline Office is located at 5 Magnolia Drive.
  • You must show the original at the TEP office. The assistants will make a copy and mark that they have seen the original.  You should file the original in a safe place.


FBI Background Check

  • Click the link above for this clearance.  You must choose the link for Department of Education.
  • Choose Register Online.  Read the disclaimer, and check the box to continue.
  • Complete your payment and personal information, as requested.  Reason fingerprinted: Colleges/Universities.
  • Verify your information and click Next. Print the page with your registration ID.  You must take this page to the site where you are fingerprinted.  Click on Home to find a listing of sites and hours.  The closest sites to Messiah are the UPS stores listed in Carlisle and on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg.
  • When applying for admission to TEP, you will enter your Registration ID # (begins with PAE) on the application.  For the Sophomore Field Experience, you can submit a copy of the verification page you printed or a written or emailed note that includes the registration ID number. You do not need to wait until you receive a copy in the mail.
  • The TEP office is not permitted to make any copies of the official report we print from the website, not even to the applicant. You will receive an unofficial copy for your own records in the mail.


Please scan all of your clearance documents and file the electronic and paper copies in a place where you can easily retrieve them. It is likely that you will need to refer to them again or show evidence.


Phone Numbers to Call if Your Processing is Delayed:

PA Child Abuse History Clearance Request for Criminal Record Check
717-783-6211 717-425-5546


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