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In order to ensure the safety of every child, and in compliance with Pennsylvania state law and FIRST requirements, the Association needs to maintain an adequate number of adults with clearances to be able to hold meetings and attend tournaments.

CLEARANCES: There are three clearances that are required.  The clearances are good for five years when volunteering with Mars Robotics Association.

  1. STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK - The State Police Criminal Record Check is REQUIRED for the above positions and may be obtained online:

  2. PA CHILD ABUSE HISTORY CLEARANCE - The PA Child Abuse History Clearance is REQUIRED for the above positions and may be obtained online, for free from:

  3. One of the following, depending on your residency in Pennsylvania. Either...


    • FBI CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK - DIGITAL FINGERPRINTING - An FBI Criminal Background Check, Digital Fingerprinting is REQUIRED of everyone who has been a PA resident for LESS THAN 10 continuous years.

      The application may be completed online, here:

    • A Service Code will need entered for the application - feel free to utilize your local service code: this can be acquired from your school district.

    •  The Service Code for Mars is 1KG6XN.  If you are unable to locate your school service code, you could utilize the Mars code. 


      Instructions for obtaining your FBI Criminal Background Check can be found here:

    The process for the first two clearances is relatively quick, and results are often returned within hours. Affidavits may be notarized by a notary of your choice. The FBI Check is a longer process, requires an appointment, and generally several weeks to receive your results.

    Clearances may be submitted to Linda Gourash at

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