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Pennsylvania Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Pennsylvania, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(717) 787-2121

PENNSYLVANIA STATE WEB SITE:
www.state.pa.us

Governor's Office

Attorney General's Office

Legislative Records

State Archives

Criminal Records

State Police Department
Central Repository
1800 Elmerton Ave
Harrisburg PA 17110-9758
(717) 783-5494
(717) 772-3681 (fax)

Driving Records
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Driver Record Services
PO Box 68695
Harrisburg PA 17106-8695
(717) 391-6190
(fax number not provided)
www.dmv.state.pa.us

Vehicle Ownership Information
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Vehicle Record Services
PO Box 68691
Harrisburg PA 17104
(717) 391-6190
(fax number not provided)
www.dmv.state.pa.us

Vital Statistics
(birth, death) [marriage and divorce records
available at county level only]
Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
PO Box 1528
New Castle PA 16103-1528
(724) 656-3100
(724) 652-8951 (fax)

Business/Corporate Records
Corporation Bureau
Department of State
PO Box 8722
Harrisburg PA 17105-8722
(717) 787-1057
(717) 783-2244 (fax

Corporation and UCC

Workers Compensation Information
Bureau of Workers Compensation
1171 S. Cameron St., Ste. 103
Harrisburg PA 17104-2501
(717) 772-4447

UCCs [tax liens available only at
county level]
Department of State
UCC Division
PO Box 8721
Harrisburg PA 17105
(717) 787-1057
(717) 783-2344 (fax)

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Criminal Common Pleas Courts - Docket Data (All Counties)

Adams County
111-17 Baltimore St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-2313
(717) 334-6781

Allegheny County
414 Grant St., 1st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2403
(412) 350-4200

Armstrong County
500 E. Market St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
(412) 548-3251

Beaver County
810 3rd St.
Beaver, PA 15009

Bedford County
P.O. Box 166
Bedford, PA 15522-0166
(814) 623-4833

Berks County
633 Court St.
Reading, PA 19601
(610) 478-6970

Blair County
423 Allegheny St.
Holidaysburg, PA 16648
(814) 693-3084

Bradford County
301 Main St.
Towanda, PA 18848
(570) 265-1705

Bucks County
Main & Court Sts.
Doylestown, PA 18901-4380
(215) 348-6191

Butler County
P.O. Box 1208
Butler, PA 16003-1208
(724) 284-5214

Cambria County
200 S. Center St.
Ebensburg, PA 15931-1936
(814) 472-1636

Cameron County
20 E. 5th St.
Emporium, PA 15834-1469
(814) 486-9329

Carbon County
P.O. Box 286
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
(570) 325-2481

ONLINE: Clerk of Courts
www.carboncourts.com/pubacc.htm

Centre County
County Courthouse
N. Alleghany St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-6796

Chester County
2 North High St., Suite 109
West Chester, PA 19380-3073
(610) 344-6300

Clarion County
Main St.
Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 226-1119

Clearfield County
P.O. Box 361
Clearfield, PA 16830-0361
(814) 765-2641

Clinton County
P.O. Box 943
Lock Haven, PA 17745-0943
(717) 893-4007

Columbia County
35 W. Main St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-5614

Crawford County
903 Diamond Park
Meadville, PA 16335-2640
(814) 333-7324

Cumberland County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 240-6195

Dauphin County
Front & Market
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 780-6520

Delaware County
201 W. Front St.
Media, PA 19063-2708
(610) 891-4370

Elk County
P.O. Box 314
Ridgway, PA 15853-0314
(814) 776-5344

Erie County
140 W. 6th St. #122
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 451-0250

Fayette County
61 E. Main St.
Uniontown, PA 15401
(724) 430-1272

Forest County
P.O. Box 423
Tionesta, PA 16353-0423
(814) 755-3526

Franklin County
157 Lincoln Way E
Chambersburg, PA 17201
(717) 261-3858

Fulton County
201 N. 2nd St.
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
(717) 485-4212

Greene County
Greene County Courthouse
High St.
Waynesburg, PA 15370
(724) 852-5289

Huntingdon County
223 Penn St.
Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 643-1610

Indiana County Courthouse
825 Philadelphia St.
Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 465-3855

Jefferson County
200 Main St.
Brookville, PA 15825-1236
(814) 849-1606

Juniata County
P.O. Box 68
Mifflintown, PA 17059-0068
(717) 436-7715

Lackawanna County Courthouse
200 N. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6724

Lancaster County
P.O. Box 83480
Lancaster, PA 17608-3480
(717) 299-8282

Lawrence County
430 Court St.
New Castle, PA 16101
(412) 656-2143

Lebanon County
400 S. 8th St.
Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 274-2801

Lehigh County
P.O. Box 1548
Allentown, PA 18105
(610) 782-3148

Luzerne County Courthouse
200 N. River St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
(570) 825-1745

Lycoming County
48 W. 3rd St.
Williamsport, PA 17701
(717) 327-2251

McKean County
500 W. Main St.
Smethport, PA 16749
(814) 887-3270

Mercer County
112 Mercer County Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137
(724) 662-3800

Mifflin County
20 N. Wayne St.
Lewistown, PA 17044
(717) 248-8146

ONLINE: Assessor, Property
www.co.mifflin.pa.us

Common Pleas Court Opinions
www.co.mifflin.pa.us

Monroe County
County Courthouse Square
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 517-3988

Montgomery County Courthouse
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
(610) 278-3360

Montour County
29 Mill St.
Danville, PA 17821
(570) 271-3010

Northampton County
659 Washington St.
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 559-3060

Northumberland County
201 Market, Room 6
Sunbury, PA 17801-3470
(570) 988-4151

Perry County
P.O. Box 223
New Bloomfield, PA 17068-0223
(717) 582-2131

Philadelphia County
City Hall Rm 180
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 686-6656

Pike County
506 Broad St.
Milford, PA 18337
(717) 296-7231

Potter County
1 E. 2nd St., Room 20
Coudersport, PA 16915
(814) 274-9740

Schuylkill County
401 N. 2nd St.
Pottsville, PA 17901-2528
(570) 628-1270

Snyder County
P.O Box 217
Middleburg, PA 17842
(717) 837-4202

Somerset County
111 E. Union St., Suite 140
Somerset, PA 15501
(814) 445-1428

Sullivan County
Main & Muncy St.
Laporte, PA 18626
(570) 946-7351

Susquehanna County
P.O. Box 218
Montrose, PA 18801-0218
(717) 278-4600 x120

Tioga County
116 Main St.
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(717) 724-9281

Union County
103 S. 2nd St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(717) 524-8751

Venango County
Liberty St.
Franklin, PA 16323
(814) 432-9577

Warren County
204 4th Ave.
Warren, PA 16365
(814) 728-3440

Washington County
1 S. Main St., Ste 1002
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 228-6770

Wayne County
925 Court St.
Honesdale, PA 18431
(570) 253-5970

Westmoreland County
301 Courthouse Square
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 830-3502

Wyoming County
Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-1200 x232

DID YOU KNOW...

The Investigative Directories page of Background Check Gateway is one of the most comprehensive public records directories on the Internet.

York County
28 E. Market St.
York, PA 17401
(717) 771-9611