School to Career

Federal & State Clearance Requirements

Pennsylvania law requires that companies entering into co-op or internship agreements (paid and unpaid) with public schools designate one adult employee to secure federal and state clearances. He or she should be selected in consultation with a Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School school-to-work coordinator and will supervise the co-op or internship student. The designee must obtain the following clearances:

  • Act 114: Federal Criminal History Record (Fingerprinting)
  • Act 34: Pennsylvania State Criminal Record Check
  • Act 151: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

We recommend online registration for quicker processing, but you also have the option of submitting forms by mail. Once obtained, the clearances are valid for 60 months. The clearance submission deadline for the 2015-16 school year is Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Questions? Call BAVTS School-to-Career Office at 610-866-8013.

Act 114

Fee: $27 | Register online

Register online through Cogent and pay with a debit or credit card. Print your receipt and take it to a fingerprinting location. The UPS Store in Allentown, The UPS Store in Hellertown and Business Link: Print, Pack & Ship Center in Kutztown all offer electronic fingerprinting services. Fingerprinting takes about 10 minutes. The results will be mailed to you, usually within two weeks. Email proof of submission and the confirmation number to

Act 34

Fee: $8 |Register online

Register online and pay with a debit or credit card. The results will be available immediately if no record is found. Otherwise it may take a few weeks to receive the results. Be sure to document your name exactly as it’s entered in the system, as well as the control number assigned to your submission. Results may be retrieved at the same website using your name and the control number. Email results to

Act 151

Fee: $8 |Register online

Enter identifying information, including your email address. A temporary password will be emailed to you. Log in using the temporary password and then set a permanent password. This clearance requires that you enter all of your past addresses, as well as the names of people with whom you’ve lived. After entering your information, pay with a debit or credit card. You may choose to have the results sent via email or regular mail. Email results to


Need to know how to apply for clearances?  Click here to download the guide!

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