How it Works

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at NurturePA, Inc.! We appreciate the help and support our volunteer mentors provide to families in our community.

At NurturePA, Inc., we require that all volunteers obtain their security clearances/certifications before working with a family.

The following security clearances/certifications are required.

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance for volunteers (free)
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance for volunteers (free)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report – PDE ($27)

The length of time it takes to receive your clearance certifications is contingent upon the method you use to apply for them. Applying online will typically result in a faster turnaround time. It is also important to note that all potential volunteers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be applying for clearances as well. We encourage prospective volunteers to begin applying for their clearances as soon as possible.

You may submit your current clearances as long as they are less than one year old. If you need to renew your security clearances/certifications or obtain them for the first time, use the links below to go directly to the appropriate website.

If the individual has been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance
    • Click here to apply online* OR
    • To download the form for printing and mailing, click here and then click on “Help” and then “SP4-164A”

*If completing online, the Record Check Status Detail is NOT the actual clearance. Applicants must click on the words “Certification Form” on the middle of the screen in order to view and print the actual clearance certificate. The actual Criminal Record Check clearance should have the seal as a watermark on this form.

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Signed Volunteer Disclosure Statement
    • Contact us at info@nurturepa.org to obtain a statement

If the individual has NOT been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance
    • Click here to apply online* OR
    • To download the form for printing and mailing, click here and then click on “Help” and then “SP4-164A”

*If completing online, the Record Check Status Detail is NOT the actual clearance. Applicants must click on the words “Certification Form” on the middle of the screen in order to view and print the actual clearance certificate. The actual Criminal Record Check clearance should have the seal as a watermark on this form.

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report-PDE
    • Click here to register online. After you register online, you will need to visit a Cogent fingerprint facility. The Cogent website includes a map noting where these facilities are located throughout Pennsylvania.