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The Background Clearance Process
The Background Clearance Process

The Background Clearance Process

Criminal Background Check Process

Thank you for your volunteering with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. For the safety and security of our members and our program, we ask that you complete a criminal background check if you are applying for a position that entails working directly with girls, handling Girl Scout or troop funds, or attending an overnight with girls.


The cost of processing a criminal background check through InfoMart, our service provider, is $1.95 for a single name search.  The information you provide will only be used to conduct a background check, so please make sure that you provide accurate and complete responses for all requested information on the one-page application.


This system is to be used for new volunteers applying for their criminal background check for the first time as well as volunteers looking to renew their criminal background check. 


Step 1: Apply

If you agree to pay $1.95 to obtain a criminal background check, you may now apply for your desired role. Filling out a volunteer application will lead you to a portal website, where you will be able to pay securely by credit card.

You will be asked to apply for a background check only if you pick a role that requires one. 


Step 2: Enter your personal information

All fields marked with a “*” are required. Once you fill them out and review your responses, click “submit.” (If you would like a copy of your completed application, use your web browser's Print function to print the application after completing it, but before clicking the Submit button at the bottom of the application.)


Step 3: Submission

Acknowledge that you’ve read and understood the release information, then click “submit.”


Step 4: Processing

InfoMart will begin processing your background check. Upon completion, the will be provided to your Service Unit; you will also receive an email notification of your status.


Step 5: Connect with your local area        

Once you have obtained a satisfactory background check, a Service Unit volunteer (called a Volunteer Management Liaison) will contact you regarding your requested role. The liaison will be able to answer questions relating to your position and area.


Background Checks are valid for 3 years.  At the point in time volunteers will receive letters alerting them before their clearances need to be renewed.


GSEP is no longer accepting background check copies from other organizations. All background checks will have to be obtained through the volunteer application system. Any questions regarding background checks can be directed to volunteer@gsep.org 


Click here to begin your Volunteer Application!