You must be at least 16 years old to obtain a learner’s permit, 17 years old for a Class C (non-commercial) driver’s license, and 16 years old for a Class M (motorcycle) license.
Driven2Drive can get a road test scheduled in as little as 2 days or you can schedule an appointment for the behind-the-wheel test through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) website or by calling their customer service center. The PennDOT appointments are often scheduled a few weeks from the time of the request. Call Driven2Drive at (610) 664-7400 to book your behind-the-wheel test.
You will typically need proof of identity, Social Security number, Pennsylvania residency, and any required medical or vision certifications for your driver’s license application. For U.S. citizens, you will need: Social Security Card (must be original) AND ONE of the following:
• Birth Certificate with raised seal (U.S. issued by an authorized government agency, including U.S. territories or Puerto Rico.) No other birth documents will be accepted.
• Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (BCIS/INS Form N-560)
• Certificate of Naturalization (BCIS/INS Form N-550 or N-570)
• Valid U.S. Passport (Only valid U.S. Passports and original documents will be accepted.)
For non-U.S. Citizens, you are required to bring ALL of the following:
• Original USCIS/immigration documents indicating current lawful
• Valid Passport, dependent on status
• Social Security Card or SSA ineligibility letter (must be original; card cannot be laminated)
(Please note: Documents must be original, photocopies will not be accepted.)
To obtain detailed information regarding “identity/residency requirements,” you can:
• Visit www.dmv.pa.gov and Enter Search Term “Pub-195NC,” and
review required documents; or
• Contact us at 717-412-5300. TTY callers – please dial 711 to reach us.
Pennsylvania driver’s licenses are generally valid for four years. You will receive a renewal notice by mail prior to expiration. Renew your driver’s license online for your convenience.
If your driver’s license is lost or stolen, you can apply online for a duplicate or at a PennDOT driver’s license center. There may be a fee for the replacement.
Yes, you can apply for a PA driver's license if you are a legal resident but not a U.S. citizen. You will need to provide proof of legal status.
Common mistakes include not having the required documentation, not studying for the written knowledge test, or not making an appointment if necessary. Double-check the requirements and prepare accordingly.
You can find the PA Driver’s Manual on the Drive2Drive website for free. It’s an essential resource for studying for the written knowledge test.
At PennDOT, you will get a temporary plastic driver’s license right away. At a third-party license testing center like Driven2Drive, we post the result into PennDOT’s system and stamp your permit to validate it as their temporary driver’s license (which is valid for 120 days). PennDOT will then issue a camera card by mail, which you should receive in 2-3 weeks from the date of the road test. The processing time can vary, but you should receive your PA driver’s license by mail within a few weeks after passing the required tests.
If you are over 18, you will need:
Proof of date of birth and identification. These documents must be originals (photocopies will not be accepted).
Your Social Security card (which must be signed)
Be sure to read carefully the specific documents required for a PA permit application.
What Is The Process for Scheduling and Taking The Written Knowledge Test for a Learner's Permit In Pennsylvania?
The knowledge test is the same as the Permit test in PA. You can schedule the written knowledge test appointment, typically at a PennDOT driver’s license center. After passing the test, you’ll receive your learner’s permit.
The PA driving test is typically scored based on a point system. You are allowed to accumulate up to 30 points during the test. Points are deducted for various errors and violations. If you accumulate 31 or more points, you will fail the test. Common errors that result in point deductions include improper turns, failure to yield, speeding and not obeying traffic signals.
The number of points for a traffic violation in Pennsylvania varies depending on the severity of the offense. Minor violations may carry 2 or 3 points, while more serious violations can result in 4 or more points. Accumulating too many points on your driving record can lead to license suspension and higher insurance premiums.
The PA road test assesses your practical driving skills. The Pennsylvania road test consists of three parts. Knowledge of Vehicle Controls, Parallel Parking, and general driving on a PennDOT-approved testing route. No highway or 3-point turns are evaluated. A third-party road test at Driven2Drive is identical to a PennDOT road test.
A junior license in Pennsylvania is typically issued to drivers who are under 18 years old. There are several rules and restrictions associated with a junior license, including:
-During the first six months, junior drivers may not have more than one passenger under the age of 18 who is not an immediate family member unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
– For the next six months (months 7 to 12), junior drivers may have up to three passengers under the age of 18 who are not immediate family members unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
– There is a curfew for junior drivers, usually between 11 PM and 5 AM, during which time they are not allowed to drive unless it’s for work, school, or a religious activity.
– Junior drivers are not allowed to use cell phones while driving, even with a hands-free device.