How Do You Access Pennsylvania Criminal Records?


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According to its official website, the Pennsylvania State Police allows criminal records to be accessed online or through a written request form. The state's online criminal records system is known as Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History, or PATCH.

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According to the PATCH website, citizens can use the system to submit new requests and check the status of a previously submitted request. Using the written form requires a $10 money order or certified check to be sent with the form. PATCH users can pay the fee using a credit card. Notarized copies of criminal records are available for the circumstances of international adoption, visa, citizenship and international employment.

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