Pennsylvania Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a Pennsylvania Background Check Report

How To Get a Pennsylvania Background Check Report

The State Police is the law enforcement agency in charge of providing background checks for the state and maintaining the criminal records repository. They offer criminal histories to the general public via their web portal called the Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History (PATCH) system. However, they claim that 85% of the time, “no record” is returned for the search. They also have a form on their website where anyone can request a criminal background report on someone. They charge a $22 fee and an additional $5 to have it notarized. Companies, agencies and other professional associations that need a lot of them on a regular basis can register for an account. Individuals must use the system as a non-registered user. The public can request up to ten criminal background reports at a time. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

An official background check from the state will show primarily criminal history information. Things like arrest, convictions, warrants, DUIs/DWIs, felonies, misdemeanors, police reports, incident reports, traffic violations, incarcerations, parole and probation details along with sex offenses will be on there. The report will also include personal information like name, address, aliases, height, weight, race, date of birth, age, along with mug shots if available. 
Along with the criminal reports they also provide information on child abuse history clearance. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

Pennsylvania background reports are used for employment, tenant screening, insurance, mortgage credit, and other financing decisions, professional licensing, permits and government security clearances. An official PA background report focuses on criminal records and are to be used for the specific purposes listed above.
There are also public background reports which are informal and are aggregated from a variety of public and private sources. These types of background checks are used for looking up long lost friends, love interests or relatives, checking someone out before going into business with them or dating them, verifying a potential roommate, retrieving court records or just looking into your own public record.
Some of the types of information provided in these reports are: 

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens.  

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

PA Criminal Background Checks

PA is an open records state and allows the general public access to someone’s criminal records. There are many reasons why an individual would want to look this information up. Criminal background records will include local law enforcement information along with court records and most often will include arrests, warrants, police records, DUIs/DWIs, felonies, misdemeanors, convictions, incarcerations along with probation and parole violations.

Gun Background Check

The state is a point of contact state with gun dealers, and they must contact The Pennsylvania State Police (“PSP”) to obtain a background check before selling firearms to anyone in the state. The background check will include mental health records and juvenile records as well. Gun dealers must not sell to anyone labeled with a “temporary delay.” Private sales must be conducted through licensed sellers so that a background check or license can be verified first. So far in 2018, the state has completed 923,206 background checks for the purchase of guns

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 1,021,943 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Pennsylvania

State # of conducted handgun checks
Florida 590,140

States With More Long Gun Checks than Pennsylvania

State # of conducted long gun checks
Texas 442,626
California 395,145
Ohio 218,183
New York 181,297
Colorado 169,293

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

PA’s background check laws pertain primarily to employment and how companies can use the information in them before hiring a potential candidate. Employers are subject to both state and federal mandates in regard to criminal history reports. 

Employment Protection

The state law dictates that an employer can use background checks in their hiring process but can only assess criminal convictions if they directly relate to the job they would be doing. If an employer chooses not to hire someone based on their criminal record, they must inform the applicant in writing. All Pennsylvania employers are also federally mandated to comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 511 victims of online romance scams in Pennsylvania, resulting in $5.7 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 291 452,503
20 - 29 3,225 1,284,870
30 - 39 1,265 4,502,156
40 - 49 1,266 3,789,747
50 - 59 1,469 7,499,354
Over 60 1,584 8,632,721
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