Pennsylvania Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Though Pennsylvania residents are not required to take a motorcycle endorsement safety program, it is recommended prior to receiving your full motorcycle license. Drivers who attend the motorcycle safety program are exempt from the skills test otherwise required at a PennDOT license center.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Pennsylvania residents who are under 21 and in possession of a motorcycle driving license must wear a helmet at all times. If you are over 21 and have had your motorcycle drivers license for at least two years, you are exempt from the helmet laws as long as you have completed a motorcycle endorsement safety course approved by the Pennsylvania DOT.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
Some US states prohibit car registration renewal for certain periods of the year. In Pennsylvania, car registrations expire year round, and there is no restriction on the time of year for car registration renewal. Car registration can be renewed up to one month in advance in Pennsylvania. To renew vehicle registration, you may go online so long as you do not have any outstanding vehicle-related fees.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
Both your driver s license and car registration should have an accurate and up-to-date address. If the PA DOT currently has an incorrect address on file, you have up to 15 days to notify them of your address change. You have the option to do this online, in person or by mail. When compiling an address change checklist, make sure to have payment ready for the change of address fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No. Every new Pennsylvania resident must cancel the auto insurance policy that is held in another state of residence. Once the out-of-state auto coverage policy is complete, new residents need to buy a new car policy in PA, which meets the state s minimum amounts of coverage.

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, at no point in time is renewing CDLs online possible in Pennsylvania. Instead, a CDL license renewal is done in person at a DMV office center every four years or two if you are older than 65. By enforcing an in-person commercial drivers license renewal process, the chances for identity fraud and other potential mishaps are eliminated.

For more information: Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation does not offer an online driving record. Instead request a certified driving record in person or by mail.

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No, under no circumstances may beginning drivers take the DMV written test online. There is no option to get a drivers permit online either. Because driving privileges are not considered a right, but an earned freedom, the PA DMV requires all learners permit applicants to pass the driversed test and submit the necessary documentation in person. To take the written drivers test in PA, schedule an appointment at a nearby DMV office beforehand online.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
All CDL drivers ages 21 and older may drive anywhere in the US with a commercial driving license. This is because the CDL is designated as an interstate license, which infers that commercial driving is allowed across all state borders. For younger commercial drivers between 21 and 18, they are restricted to work within Pennsylvania borders and have an intrastate CDL. That said, personal driving throughout the US is allowed with an intrastate license.

For more information: Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
No, Pennsylvania has a strict policy about this. Only the owner whose name is on the car title can renew car registration in person. Fortunately, the options for vehicle registration renewal by mail and online make this easier for the owner to. From the comfort of your own home, renewing car registration only takes a little bit of your time. Once you do renew registration, you will receive a new certificate within 10 days time.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

Do boats need to be registered?
In Pennsylvania, any boat with a motor must be registered with the state. Sailboats, row boats and non motorized boats may be used in public waterways without boat registration.

To register a boat in PA, fill out the Application for a PA Boat Registration/Title Form. Send the necessary documentation and check or money order to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Within four weeks time, you will receive the boat title, registration and decals to be affixed to the vessel.

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
Pennsylvania drivers riding motor-driven cycles with horsepower that does not exceed five brake horsepower must have the vehicle registered and titled. You must also possess a Class M motorcycle license to operate it. Drivers with mopeds that have operable pedals and no more than 1.5 brake horsepower and no more than 50cc must possess a Class C license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
If you received a speeding citation and wanted to enroll in traffic school to reduce the points on your driving record, you cannot. Points are only reduced with safe driving behavior. However, if you receive a ticket and are required to appear in court, a judge may decide that you must take a traffic course in order to reinstate your drivers license.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Yes. Drivers are required to have car insurance in their state of residence. Thus, an out-of-state car insurance policy must be canceled before the new policy is purchased.

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
If your driver s license was stolen, you are encouraged to file a police report with local law enforcement. Although it is not a requirement, doing so will prevent identity theft and save you money. With the police report in hand, visit your local DMV office to report the stolen drivers license and request a replacement. Because you have proof of the theft, the replace license fee will be waived.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
Yes, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation requires that you file a police report for a lost or stolen car registration license plates. You must visit the state police or local law enforcement office to report your stolen or lost car registration. If you have your registration card, bring it with you to the police station along with your driver s license to verify your identity as the owner of the vehicle.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
When moving out of Pennsylvania, vehicle owners do not need to return their PA license plates to PennDOT. Although it is not required, the DOT does still encourage it to prevent fraudulent use of your license plate.

If you would like to return your PA tags, mail them to:

PennDOT
Return Tag Unit


P.O. Box 68597


Harrisburg, PA 17106-8597

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Yes, all learning drivers getting drivers permits in PA need to enroll in a drivers education course. When younger than 18, you are most likely enrolling in driver ed course provided by your high school. Otherwise, there are independent online drivers ed or in person drivers schools to enroll in.

For more information: Driver s Education in Pennsylvania

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
Yes, if your reason for requesting a car title replacement is because it is damaged or mutilated, you will be asked to surrender the car title. This is done in person at a Department of Transportation office or by mailing the car title copy request package to:

PA Department of Transportation

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If your registration is damaged, apply for a car registration replacement. To apply, fill out an Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker of Transfer of Registration and submit it along with your fees to the PA DOT. Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to find out if you should enclose your damaged registration in your application to replace car registration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
The majority of motorized scooters are considered unsafe for driving in major Pennsylvania roadways. When the speeds cannot exceed 35-45 mph, a motorized scooter does not need to be titled or registered. Motorized scooters with 50 CCs are required to have PA registration and title though. The process to get scooter registration is the same for a vehicle.

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
Not every Pennsylvania county requires emissions inspections, yet, there are a large number that do. All PA drivers need to know if their counties do in fact require vehicle emissions testing to get car registration.

If you live in the Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia counties) or Pittsburgh (Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Westmoreland counties) regions, for instance, yes, your vehicle qualifies for a smog inspection. Other major regions are South Central (Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northamption, York counties) and Northern (Blair, Cambria, Centre, Erie, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer counties) regions.

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
Anyone who wants to legally operate a vehicle must have vehicle insurance. If you decide not to purchase coverage, the only way to avoid drivers license suspension and fines is to cancel your car registration and surrender your plates.

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
To get a veteran designation added to your PA ID card, you must fit these two requirements:

  • Have received a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty/ DD214
  • Received a similar item for the US Armed Forces, reserve component or the National Guard

With the proper military documentation, visit your nearby DMV location, present the form and pay $27.50. Depending on whether or not you have an ID card, it will be considered a renewal, replacement or first time issuance.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
The official Pennsylvania drivers manual is available online. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website, and head to the Pennsylvania Driver s Manual Page. You will find several types of driver manual options from CDL license to motorcycle that can be downloaded and viewed as a PDF. There are also drivers manuals available in Spanish.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Pennsylvania

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
The different methods available for paying traffic fines depend on the county in which you were ticketed. Drivers can typically pay these tickets in the following ways:

  • Online, if your PA county features an online system.
  • By mail, if the information is located on your citation.
  • In person at the court where you were ticketed.

By phone with the local court.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

How can I renew my drivers license?
To process a drivers license renewal in PA, drivers can take advantage of the popular renew drivers license online option. By visitingPennDOT, you can input your name, drivers license number and other identifying factors. So long as you don t have to make any corrections or changes, this is the best option.

If there are changes to make to your PA driving licenses like a name change or address change you can renew driving licenses by mail or in person by filling out a Non-Commercial Driver s License Application for Renewal Form DL-143.

For more information:How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
To renew car registration in PA, drivers have three options: online, by mail or in person.

The renew car registration online option is the most popular as it is the most convenient. By logging onto PennDot, you simply need to provide proof of your identity and have a major debit or credit card to pay the registration renewal fees. The by mail option requires submitting a Registration Renewal Form and mailing it to:

Department of Transportation

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516

You will receive renewed registration within 10 days.

Choosing to renew car registration in person is typically reserved for drivers who are requested to do so. If the PA DOT sends a car registration renewal notice that stipulates an in-person car registration renewal, bring the renewal notice and a check or money order with you.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
To transfer an out of state car registration to Pennsylvania is simple, yet the owner of the vehicle must be present at the time. The owner is considered the individual(s) whose name(s) is written on the car title. In addition, Pennsylvania requires a PA drivers license to register a car out of state. To do so, follow the instructions below:

  • Make an appointment at a Department of Transportation office.
  • Bring the car title
  • Show a Pennsylvania driver s license
  • Provide the valid out-of-state car registration
  • Show proof of vehicle emissions inspection and safety inspections

At that time, you will be provided with the necessary forms, surrender the non resident car registration and be responsible for paying the PA car registration fees. PennDOT accepts personal checks or money orders.

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
To get a CDL license in Pennsylvania, drivers must already have a valid PA driver s license. Visit a DMV license center near you and complete the CDL permit application. You will be issued an instruction permit, during which you may have to enroll in CDL drivers training. The final step is to pass the written CDL tests for CDL classes, basic knowledge and a driving exam.

For more information: PA Commercial Driver s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
Disability parking placards and license plates are available for drivers and veterans in Pennsylvania.

To get a disabled parking placard, mail one of the two forms below to the following address:

PennDOT

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

PO Box 68268

Harrisburg, PA 17106

  1. Person with a Disability Parking Placard Application Form MV-145A
  2. Application for Disabled Veteran, Severely Disabled Veteran Registration Plate or Severely Disabled Veteran Motorcycle Plate Decal Form-145V

Notarize the application before mailing.

To apply for a disability license plate, mail a notarized Person with Disability or Hearing Impaired Registration Plate or a Person with Disability Motorcycle Plate Form MV-145 to:

PennDOT

Bureae of Motor Vehicles

1101 South Front Street

Harrisburg, PA 17104

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

How do I apply for a drivers license?
To apply for drivers licenses in Pennsylvania, residents must have held a learner s permit for the allotted amount of time. For beginning drivers under 18, this would be six months, for new drivers 18 and older, this is just one month s time. Having passed the DMV written exam to get your learner s permit, the final step is to take the drivers test at a DMV location.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Pennsylvania

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
When applying for a drivers permit in Pennsylvania, beginning drivers must be at least 16 years of age. To receive a driving permit, you must pass the written knowledge test, show proof of PA residency and provide a parental consent form if younger than 18.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
Residents of Pennsylvania planning to obtain motorcycle licenses must visit a PennDOT license center to do so. Bring with you the Motorcycle Learner s Permit Application (Form DL-5) and the $10 motorcycle endorsement fee. To receive your motorcycle driving license permit, you will have to take a vision screening test and pass the motorcycle drivers license test. Once you have received your permit, you can either schedule the Class Motorcycle License skills test or attend the Motorcycle Safety Program. Once the skills test has been passed, residents can go about getting a motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
It is highly recommended that you contact your insurance company directly to find out the steps to change address details on your account. You may be able to complete this change over the phone, or a representative may need you to make an in-person visit with documentation confirming your new residence. In any case, have a full description of your vehicle readily available so they can locate you in the system and apply this change.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

How do I change my address on my car registration?
For an address change request on your vehicle registration, you can submit your updated information online, in person or by mail. Make sure to fill out a Change of Address form if you are changing your address online.

To complete your address change by mail, send the form to the address below:

PennDOT PO Box 68272 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation only allows commercial drivers to make an official address change either in person or by mail. If you choose to complete this change by mail, make sure to send a filled out Commercial Driver s License Application to Replace/Correct application, along with proper payment, to the address below:

PennDOT PO Box 68272 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272

Keep in mind that you will be required to sign your application in the presence of a notary.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation allows drivers to complete an official address changeon their license online, in person or by mail. Choose the option that is most convenient for you.

Online

To change your address online, visit the PA DOT website and follow the proper instructions on the screen. Make sure to have your driver s license number handy, as well as other personal information upon request.

In Person

Visit your local DOT office to complete this change with a DMV representative. Make sure to bring your PA driver s license with you and other documentation confirming your new residence.

By Mail

To complete your address change by mail, fill out the Non-commercial Driver s License/Identification Card/Learner s Permit Application to Renew/Replace/Change/Correctapplication and send it to the address below:

PennDOT PO Box 68272 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Whenaddress changinga Pennsylvania identification card, submit your request online, in person or by mail.

Online

To change your address online, simply visit the PA DOT website and follow the proper instructions on the screen. Make sure to have your ID card number available, as well as other personal information upon request.

In Person

Visit your local DOT office to complete this change with a DMV representative. Make sure to bring your PA ID card with you and documentation confirming your new residence.

By Mail

To complete your address change by mail, fill out the Non-commercial Driver s License/Identification Card/Learner s Permit Application to Renew/Replace/Change/Correct application and send it to the address below:

PennDOT PO Box 68272 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Submitting a name change request with a Pennsylvania car insurance company is simple. Just call your provider or visit a local branch and notify a representative of your recent name change. You will likely be asked to provide personal information to verify your identity, and your request will be processed.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
Drivers can change name on car registration in person or by mail with the following documents:

o Only Side A should be completed if you do not want an updated title.

  • Proof of name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
  • Drivers whose names will not be their birth name, a spouse s name or a name that has been given by court order must also provide:
    • An updated Social Security card.
    • Two documents that feature the new name:
  • A voter registration card
  • A US passport

Updated registration cards are provided at no cost.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
In order to request a name change in Pennsylvania, a driver must submit the following:

  • Proof of name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
  • In the event your new name is not your birth name, a spouse s name or one that is court ordered, you must also bring:
    • An updated Social Security card.
    • Two documents that show your new name:
  • Voter registration card
  • A US passport
  • Payment, if applicable, for the $27.50 replacement fee.

These documents can be submitted in person at a driver license center or by mail.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
The process to change names on ID cards is similar to updating a drivers license. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out a Photo Identification Card Application to Change/Correct/Replace/Renew Form DL-54B
  2. Provide proof of name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
  3. If your new name is not your birth name, a spouse s name or one that has been given via court order, also provide:
    • Your new Social Security card.
    • Two documents that have your new name on them:
      • A voter registration card
      • A US passport
  1. Payment for the $27.50 identification card replacement fee.
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Before updating your drivers license, you must perform an official name changewith the Social Security Administration. This can be done in person at a local SSA office or by mail by providing the following documents:

  • A filled out Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of identity:
    • driving license
    • Passport
  • Proof of name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order
    • Divorce decree
  • Proof of legal presence in the US
    • US birth certificate (citizens)
    • Permanent Resident Card (non-citizens)

To learn more, visit the Social Security Administration website.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
If you believe somebody has gained unauthorized access to your account, then you should immediately notify the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. If you are currently within Pennsylvania, you can reach them at 1-800-932-4600. For those outside the state, call 1-717-412-5300. You can also submit a written complaint to the following:

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 1101 South Front Street Harrisburg, PA 17104

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
If you have a stolen car registration, you must report it to the Pennsylvania state police or to your local law enforcement office. To file a police report, visit your local law enforcement office. You are only required to file a police report in the case stolen license plates. If you have your registration card, bring it with you to the police station along with your driver s license to verify your identity as the owner of the vehicle.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
Local law enforcement is prepared to help you in reporting a stolen car title. As soon as you know your car title is missing due to theft, make your way to the nearest police station. The officer on duty will ask you to provide proof of identity like your driver s license. Then, he or she will provide you the proper paperwork to complete a formal police report. With your report in the system, you are protected from unlawful activity regarding your vehicle.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
The state of Pennsylvania allows individuals to request a driving record in person or by mail. There is currently no available online option. You will need to fill out a Request for Driver Information and submit it in person at a DMV office. If making your request by mail, send the form, along with proper payment to the address below:

Bureau of Driver Licensing Driver Record Services PO Box 68695 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8695

For overnight shipping, send to:

Bureau of Driver Licensing Driver Record Services 1101 South Front Street, 3rd Floor Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
To get an ID card replacement, PA residents have a few options: in person, online or by mail. By visiting any DMV licensing center, you can replace an ID card with the following documents:

One proof of Identity

  • US passport
  • US birth certificate
  • Foreign passport with support legal presence documents

Two proofs of Residence

  • School schedule
  • Bank statement
  • Utilities bills

One proof of Social Security Number

  • Social Security Card
  • W-2

Another option is complete Form DL-80 and sent it by mail to the posted address. Replacing ID cards is also possible through PennDOT.

To replace stolen ID cards, first get a police report from local law enforcement and take it in person to have the replacement ID card fee waived.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
To apply for a hardship license in Pennsylvania, you must send the following items by mail to the Department of Transportation:

  1. Signed and completed Occupational Limited License Petition Form DL-15
  2. Copies of proof of insurance (including SR-22 if required)
  3. Check or money order for the OLL fee

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are an active duty military personnel and your drivers license is lost, stolen or damaged, you can order a drivers license replacement while out of state. Complete an Application for Change/Correction/Replacement Form DL-80 and include a check or money order made payable to PennDOT to:

PennDOT

P.O. Box 68614

Harrisburg, PA 17106-8614

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
If you have been charged to pay traffic ticket fees in Pennsylvania, there are two methods you can pursue for getting the ticket dismissed:

  • You can show proof that you were not violating the law that you were accused of breaking.

o Providing proof of car insurance within a day of being fined for not having coverage may get your ticket dismissed.

  • You can go to traffic court with an attorney and contest the citation.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
If you want to get somebody else s DMV driving record, you will need to complete a Request for Driver Information and present this form at your local PA DOT or by mail. For mail requests, send the application, along with the appropriate fee to this address:

Bureau of Driver Licensing Driver Record Services PO Box 68695 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8695

If you would like to have the driving record sent to you overnight, then submit your request to this address instead:

Bureau of Driver Licensing Driver Record Services 1101 South Front Street, 3rd Floor Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
To get a duplicate car registration in the state of Pennsylvania, submit an Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker of Transfer of Registration to the Department of Transportation. On the application, request to replace your damaged, stolen, or lost car registration. You can request any of the following:

  • Registration Card
  • Registration Plate
  • Renewal Sticker
  • Weight Class Sticker

Send your completed and signed application to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles along with the required fees.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
How do I obtain a duplicate car title?

If your car title is lost, stolen or damaged, you are responsible for getting a replacement car title. To order a duplicate car title in Pennsylvania, you may submit an application for a replacement by mail or in person. Follow these steps:

  1. Complete and sign an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title Form MV-38 O.
  2. Get the application notarized.
  3. Submit the title if mutilation or damage is the reason for replacing car title.
  4. Provide satisfaction of lien or lienholder notarization.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania.

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
To get a duplicate drivers license, you have three methods to take advantage of: online, by mail or in person. To order a drivers license replacement online, visit the PennDOT website. The online replace drivers license option is reserved for drivers who do not have to make changes or correct their license.

The fastest method is to get a duplicate drivers license in person. Bring in a valid form of identification, like a US passport or birth certificate, and complete a Photo Identification Card Application to Change/Correct/Replace/Renew Form DL-54B. This drivers license replacement form can also be sent by mail.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
To get a salvaged vehicle car title, visit a Department of Transportation office with the following items:

  1. Valid PA driver s license
  2. Signed and completed Application for Nonrepairable or Salvage Certificate Form MV-6

The application will need to know select details about the vehicle, such as:

  • Was it damaged in flood?
  • Its make, model and odometer reading.

For more infromation: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

How do I obtain car registration?
If you recently purchased a new or used vehicle, you are responsible for registering car credentials with the Department of Transportation. When buying a new vehicle from a dealership, the dealer handles the registration process and submits the necessary paperwork on your behalf. When registering a used car in Pennsylvania, follow the steps below:

  1. Get car insurance and be able to show proof of auto coverage to DOT.
  2. Bring the transferred car title.
  3. Complete and sign Application for Certificate of Title Form MV-1 (provided on site).
  4. Also fill out Vehicle Sales and Use Tax Return/Application for Registration Form 4ST (provided on site).

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
In the state of Pennsylvania, people who are labeled habitual offenders of the law will receive a revoked drivers license. Habitual offenders receive a court ordered driver s license revocation for a period of five years. After five years, habitual traffic offenders must re-apply for driving privileges. This process includes taking the learner s permit test and eventually working one s way up to full driving privileges in the form of a Pennsylvania driver s license.

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
The only way the reinstatement process varies from that of a standard DUI conviction is that drivers who refuse to take a breath/urine/blood test must endure an additional year of suspension for their actions. Once their combined suspension times are completed, these drivers must pay the necessary fines and fees.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Pennsylvania

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
Reinstating suspended drivers licenses in PA is dependent on whether or not all the criteria has been met. For instance, if a drivers education class if mandated, proof of course completion must be provided. Once the suspension period is over, make an appointment at the DOT office and bring proof of identity, receipts for payments of all court fees and ticket fines, the course completion certificate and check or money order.

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation does not allow drivers to remove points from driving records with traffic school courses. On the contrary, it takes safe driving practices. If a driver does not commit any violation that results in points or suspension for a period of 12 months, the DOT will remove three points from their record. In addition, if you can keep your points at zero for an entire year, the state will treat any ensuing points as if they were your first ever points.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

How do I renew my driving permit?
In Pennsylvania, beginning drivers can ask for extensions for a learning permit. To do so, visit your local DMV center and complete a Non-Commercial Learner s Permit Application form DL-180. This drivers permit extension application will add an additional 12 months to your current learners permit.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

How do I renew my ID card?
There are three ways to renew ID cards in PA: online, in person or by mail. Online ID card renewal is a popular method in Pennsylvania. To begin, log in to the PennDOT account and provide your ID card number. In person, Pennsylvanians simply bring their valid ID cards to renew and a method of payment. If you prefer to renew by mail, you will receive an ID card renewal notice from the PA DMV that includes a form. Fill out this form, include a check or money order and within one month s time, you will receive a renewed ID card.

The identification card renewal fee in PA is $10.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation understands the difficulty of renewing drivers licenses when stationed outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For that reason, active duty PA residents do not have to renew drivers licenses until returning. Upon returning and setting up residence again in the state, you have 45 days to then renew your PA driver s license. Keep in mind, that to drive with an expired drivers license, you must carry your active duty papers with you at all times.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
Once a year, CDL drivers have to submit a new medical examination report. The due date is the last day of January of every year, and if missed, the commercial driving designation is stripped from one s driving record. To renew CDL medical reports in PA, have your physician fill out a Medical Examination Report form and submit it to the PA DMV.

For more information: PA Commercial Driver s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
Residents of Pennsylvania who need to renew motorcycle licenses should do so as soon as possible before the license expiration date. Pennsylvania DOT will mail out expired motorcycle license renewal notices 60 days before the license expires. Residents can renew class M licenses online, by mail or by visiting a PennDOT license center.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
Non-US citizens follow the same protocol as US citizens. The one difference is in terms of providing appropriate proof of identity and legal presence in the US. Therefore, bring the following items with you:

  • Valid foreign passport or foreign birth certificate
  • Visa or qualifying residential status card

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
Pennsylvania is unusual in that it allows residents to replace drivers licenses when out of state. You can order a drivers license copy by mail. Complete an Application for Change/Correction/Replacement Form DL-80 and include a check or money order made payable to PennDOT to:

PennDOT

P.O. Box 68614

Harrisburg, PA 17106-8614

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
To transfer car titles across states, the process is simple. The instructions below will go step by step over what is needed to transfer your out-of-state car title with the PA DMV.

  1. Bring proof of identity like a valid driver s license.
  2. Bring two proofs of residency like a bank statement, lease agreement or utility bill.
  3. Provide the out-of-state car title and/or vehicle registration certificate.
  4. Show proof of an emission inspection if required.
  5. Surrender your old car title for a Pennsylvania car title.

For more infromation: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
To transfer titles, you must replace the car title document first. Visit a local Department of Transportation location and provide a signed and completed Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title by Owner Form MV-38O. If there is a lien on the vehicle, then submit Application for Certificate by Lien Holder Form MV-38L.

For more information: Title Transfer or Obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

How do I transfer my car title?
The seller of a used vehicle is responsible for a car title transfer in Pennsylvania. As the seller, you must get the pink slip, turn it over, and write the buyer s name on the back side. To finalize it, also include the odometer reading and sales price. With your signature and date, the title is officially transferred.

For more infromation: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
To transfer the title of an RV, follow the steps to transfer the title of a regular vehicle. The seller is responsible of the transfer car title process. He or she must sign the back of the pink slip over to the buyer. Include the sale price, odometer reading, date and signature. Once completed, the buyer is responsible for registering the RV with PennDOT.

For more information: Title Transfer or Obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
Pennsylvania residents who are active-duty military members must go through the same process to receive a motorcycle driving license. To learn how to get a motorcycle license, visit a PennDOT license center with the Motorcycle Learner s Permit Application (Form DL-5) and the $10 motorcycle endorsement fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

How does the DMV check my vision?
At the time of applying for drivers licenses at the PA DMV, drivers must take a vision exam. The applicant will be asked to peer through a specific visual-eye machine, and describe what is being shown. Different sizes and colors of numbers and letters will be displayed, and based on the readings, one s vision acuity is determined. The vision requirements for the PA DMV vision test are 20/40 or better combined vision without corrective wear.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Pennsylvania

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Beginning Pennsylvania drivers must carry a learners permit for at least six months before getting a driver s license. This is in addition to completing 50 hours of driving time, 10 of which are done at night and five hours are in bad weather. A certification of completion will be required to move on to a restricted junior license.

If you are older than 18, you are only required to hold a learner s permit for one month s time before getting a full-privileged driver s license.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
The DMV knows how important a car title is for every owner, not to mention the urgency of getting a vehicle title replacement when you are in the process of selling it. Replacing car titles in PA can only be done in person or by mail. With one of the necessary duplicate car title request forms, you must get it notarized. A car title is not issued on the spot either. Instead, you will receive your new car title within two weeks.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
A refusal to take a chemical test in Pennsylvania is a serious offense. The penalties are determined by the number of times you refused one before.

  • First refusal one-year drivers license suspension
  • Second refusal 18-month driving license suspension

Third refusal 18-month driver license suspension

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
The Department of Transportation has made it a simple and quick effort to get ID cards in Pennsylvania. When applying in person for an identification card, you will receive your new ID card at the same time. If you are replacing or renewing ID cards online, a duplicate identification card will arrive within two weeks. When choosing the by mail option, a renewed or replacement ID card will arrive within four weeks time.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
In the state of Pennsylvania, if a driver accumulates 11 or more points, his or her driver s license is suspended. To then have your driving privileges restored, you will need to complete your suspension period and any additional reinstatement requirements.

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
The state of Pennsylvania does not allow drivers to take a defensive driving course for the purpose of reducing points on their record. Traffic school can only be completed to receive discount on your car insurance, as part of reinstatement terms for a suspended drivers license or as a court-ordered requirement. You can find out more by contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. If you are currently within Pennsylvania, you can reach them at 1-800-932-4600. For those outside the state, call 1-717-412-5300.

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
Drivers who only want to update a vehicle registration card do not have to worry about paying anything. There is no fee to change names on registration cards. Yet you are encouraged to order a duplicate car registration certificate that shows your new name.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
In order to change name on car title in Pennsylvania and obtain a corrected certificate, one must pay a fee of $50. By paying this fee, the driver will receive an updated vehicle title and registration card for their files.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The amount of money a driver must pay when going through a DMV name change in Pennsylvania varies based on what documents he or she is updating. The breakdown of charges is as follows:

  • An updated standard license: $27.50
  • An updated CDL: $27.50
  • An updated title: $50
  • An updated registration card: Free
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
In Pennsylvania, commercial driving licenses are valid for four years from the day of your birth date. Three months before the expiration date, the PA DMV sends CDL renewal notice to the address on file. If you are 65 years of age or older, the PA Department of Transportation requires you to renew CDL documentation every two years.

For more information: Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
In Pennsylvania, you can renew your driver s license up to three months in advance. This is particularly helpful when you choose to renew drivers licenses online or by mail, as the waiting time is roughly four weeks. If you miss your expiration date for any reason, PennDOT does allow PA drivers to renew expired drivers licenses up to six months after the expiration for a late fee.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
When a family member passes away and leaves the car to you, switching the car title to your name is a simple affair. Schedule an appointment at a Department of Transportation office, and follow the instructions below:

  1. Complete and sign Notification of Assignment/Correction of Vehicle Title Upon Death of Owner Form MV-39.
  2. Provide the original death certificate, or have a doctor of funeral director complete the death certificate portion in Form MV-39.
  3. Show proof of insurance.
  4. Bring a check or money order for car titling fees.

For more infromation: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Yes, in addition to the county and state fees, you will be responsible for paying a late car registration renewal fee. This fee varies among counties, therefore, you are encouraged to contact your local drivers licensing office to learn about car registration renewal late fees.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
Yes, if you file a police report immediately after the theft, the replace DMV drivers license fee is waived. Visit your nearby drivers licensing office, present proof of identity like a US passport or birth certificate, and then show the attendant the police report. Your request to replace stolen drivers license documentation will then be processed free of charge.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
In the state of Pennsylvania, a car accident must be reported to the police department if it meets one of the following criteria:

  • It involves the injury/death of a person.
  • It involves damage to a motor vehicle that will no longer allow it to be driven under its own power without additional damage or hazards, resulting in a tow

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Yes. As long as you are considered a resident of the state of Pennsylvania, you are required to have car insurance that meets the state s minimum standards.

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
While some county websites will allow you to access information on your citation online, most will not. In these cases, one can call the court of the county where they were charged or a Pennsylvania DOT location to find out the specific information of their ticket.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
It is not possible to replace ID cards when living out of state. The options for ID card replacement are in person, by mail or online. Because you are unable to visit a PA drivers licensing center, you would have to rely on the by mail or online options. Once a duplicate identification card is request though, it will be mailed to the Pennsylvania address on file. The PA DMV will not mail a duplicate ID card to an out-of-state address, and DMV mail is not forwarded by USPS either.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
The specific steps for reinstating a drivers license after a DUI charge varies based on the severity of the offense. However, the basic steps are as follows:

  • Pay all fines and fees.
  • Attend an Alcohol Highway Safety Program.
  • Complete jail/parole/community service time, if necessary.
  • Obtain alcohol/drug treatment, when ordered.
  • Complete ignition interlock requirement, if applicable.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Pennsylvania

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
Yes, there is a different process to apply for personalized license plates replacement in the state of Pennsylvania. Your stolen or lost car registration personalized license plate may not be replaced with a duplicate plate by the PA DOT. You must apply for a personalized plate with a new combination of letters and numbers using an Application for Personalized Amateur Radio Operator or Press Photographer Registration Plates. A standard license plate will be issued to you in the interim time until your new personalized plate is approved and sent out.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
Yes, there are two age stipulations for commercial drivers. In order to be eligible for a CDL license, you must be at least 18 years old. Even so, commercial drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 are restricted to intrastate travel. This means that commercial driving tasks within state borders are allowed. On a commercial driver s 21st birthday, the CDL license becomes an interstate driving license, and travel throughout the US is permitted.

For more information: Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
No, Pennsylvania does not have an age limit when it comes to renewing drivers licenses. Senior drivers ages 65 and older are instead issued a two-year drivers license. Learn more in the Senior Drivers in Pennsylvania page.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Carrying your car registration on your person is unnecessary. The most important facet of your vehicle registration is that it shows proof that you as the vehicle owner have paid the necessary taxes and fees to the state. This is in addition to receiving necessary safety inspections and/or emissions inspections that guarantee your vehicle is safe for driving on public roadways. If pulled over by law enforcement, he or she will ask to see your DMV car registration in order to validate your driving. Therefore, be sure to keep your vehicle registration in your automobile at all times, or else you face the risk of receiving a penalty fine.

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
When requesting a drivers license copy online, the duplicate driver license will be mailed to the address that is on file with the DMV. If you are out of state or have a different address, then you must request a drivers license duplicate by mail. Within the Application for Change/Correction/Replacement Form DL-80, the option to write the correct mailing address is made available.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Seniors do not have any special requirements to complete when renewing drivers licenses in Pennsylvania. Instead, the state chooses roughly 2,000 drivers 45 and over at random to undergo physical examinations. Seniors may also renew driving licenses up to six months in advance online through the DMV.state.pa.us site.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
Transferring car titles happens on a daily basis in Pennsylvania. Some of the most common reasons drivers ask how do I transfer car titles are:

  • To sell a used vehicle to a buyer.
  • To gift a vehicle to a loved one.
  • To inherit a vehicle.
  • To donate a vehicle to a charity.

For more information: Title Transfer or Obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
The most common reasons for suspended drivers licenses in Pennsylvania are:

  • Teen drivers caught driving under the influence.
  • Regular licensed drivers caught driving while influenced.
  • Drivers who accumulate 11 or more points on driving records.

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
Residents of Pennsylvania who are under 18 must obtain a motorcycle license learner s permit and hold it for six months prior to receiving a full Class M motorcycle license. Additionally, you must log at least 65 hours of supervised riding time, as well as attend the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
Pennsylvania commercial drivers can study and test for five different CDL endorsements. The available CDL endorsement types are below:

  1. Passenger endorsement
  2. School bus endorsement
  3. Doubles/triples endorsement
  4. Tank vehicle endorsement
  5. Hazardous materials endorsement

For more information: Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
To be caught driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license, the penalties are severe. At no point in time should you attempt to drive without a valid and instated PA drivers license. If law enforcement does catch you, you face a fee of at least $200. Depending on the drivers circumstance, you may be charged with criminal activity.

If your driving privileges were suspended for a DUI, the penalties are far worse. For the first time alone, you are charged $500 and sent to jail between 60 and 90 days.

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

What are the different types of driving records?
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers a number of drivers records, including these listed below:

  • Three-Year Driving Record
  • 10-Year Driving Record
  • Full History Record
  • Certified Driving Record
  • Certified copy of document from file
  • Copy of document from file (Microfilm)

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
Pennsylvania ID card fees are standard across the board at $27.50. This applies for ID card renewals, replacement ID cards and getting ID cards for the first time. The cost is $28.50 if you are renewing ID card documentation on or after July 1, 2015.

PennDOT driver license centers accept personal checks or money order, not cash, debit or credit cards.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
Duplicate drivers license fees in Pennsylvania are as follows:

  • Noncommercial driver s license: $27.50
  • Driver s license with motorcycle endorsement: $32.50

To pay for a drivers license copy, PennDOT accepts personal checks or money orders.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
There are several restrictions beginning drivers must abide by in Pennsylvania. Learners permit restrictions in PA are as follows:

  • Learning permit holders must drive with a fully-privileged license driver 21 years of age and older, or a parent, legal guardian or spouse 18 years of age and older
  • May not drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m
  • The number of passengers must fit the number of available seatbelts

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
The work of a commercial driver necessitates excellent medical conditions to prevent accidents and collisions. For that reason, the PA DMV requires specific medical standards for CDL applicants. To receive a commercial drivers license, a licensed physician must complete a medical evaluation form and this must be provided to the PA DMV.

For more information: PA Commercial Driver s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
Some of the most common reasons why you might need to replace car registration in the state of Pennsylvania include the below scenarios:

  • Lost
  • Stolen
  • Defaced
  • Never Received

On your application you must certify the reason you require a car registration replacement. If you have never receive your original car registration, then you will have to fill out an Application for Personalized Amateur Radio Operator or Press Photographer Registration Plates and have it notarized.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Drivers with a learners permit are more likely to get their privileges suspended when they commit a violation. If these individuals accumulate six points on their driving record or are charged with driving 26 miles per hour over the posted limit, they will receive a mandatory suspension of 90 days.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
The penalties for a violation of driving while intoxicated vary based on the severity and number of the offense. Common punishments for this crime include the following:

  • Costly fines
  • Alcohol Highway Safety Program
  • Jail, parole or community service time
  • Alcohol or drug treatment.
  • Ignition interlock installation

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Pennsylvania

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
It is difficult to provide a list of drivers license reinstatement fees because every circumstance is different and each drivers license suspension case is different. Without providing exact numbers, you will be responsible for paying the following reinstatement fees:

  1. Penalty fines and fees
  2. Drivers training school
  3. Court fees
  4. PA county drivers licensing fees

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
Registering cars in Pennsylvania is a small expense for having the privilege to drive on the public roadways. Car registration fees vary though among counties and municipalities. In addition to the standard license plate issuance fee of $76, there will be a state tax and county tax owed upon registering.

A disabled license placard is free of charge in Pennsylvania.

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
Getting duplicate car titles in Pennsylvania is a priority for drivers if lost, stolen or damaged.

Car title replacement fees are as follows:

  • Duplicate title by owner: $51
  • Duplicate title by Lienholder: $51
  • Duplicate title by a Registered Dealer: $51

Take note that fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
The required fees to replace car registration are according to which aspect of car registration you require. The following is a list of fees associated with obtaining a duplicate car registration:

  • Registration Card- $6
  • Registration Plate- $11
  • Replacement Renewal Sticker- $6

There is no fee for a replacement weight class sticker. Fees subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
Car registration renewal fees range from $9 to $565.50 depending on which county you live in and the type of vehicle you have registered. In Pennsylvania, car registration replacement fees are as follows:

  • Duplicate registration at the time of initial registration or transfer or replacement of registration plates: $2
  • Registration plate replacement: $11
  • Replacement of renewal sticker: $6

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
Requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle in Pennsylvania are the same as operating a two-wheel motorcycle. Not all PennDOT licensing centers offer skills tests for three-wheel motorcycles. Contact the licensing center near you to find out if they offer your particular skills test.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
Receiving a drivers license suspension or revocation disqualifies drivers from being eligible for an Operational Limited License (OLL) also known as a hardship license. Drivers convicted of a DUI for the first time, however, will be granted an OLL. With a hardship license, DUI-convicted drivers are allowed to drive to and from work and/or school.

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
The PA DMV is aware that not every drivers license applicant will pass the driving test. Fortunately, to get a drivers license after failing the driving test is simple. You can schedule a new drivers exam the following day online through PennDOT, or at a future date that works for you.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
To get a learners permit in Pennsylvania, new drivers must show proof of identity, proof of residency and proof of a Social Security Number. The following documents to bring for each are specified below:

Proof of Identity

  • US Passport
  • Birth Certificate

Proof of Residency

  • School class schedule
  • Bank statement

Social Security Number

  • Social Security card

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
Residents of Pennsylvania wondering how to get motorcycle licenses must visit a PennDOT license center. Documents you should have in possession when applying for a motorcycle license endorsement include the Motorcycle Learner s Permit Application (Form DL-5) and the Motorcycle Operator Manual. The manual should be used to study for the motorcycle license skills test. You will also have to pay the $10 motorcycle drivers license fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
When applying for drivers licenses in Pennsylvania, new drivers must show proof of identity, proof of residency and proof of Social Security Number. Bring the following items with you:

Proof of Identity

  • PA ID card
  • PA learner s permit
  • US Passport
  • US birth certificate

Proof of PA Residency

  • Bank statements
  • Phone statements
  • School transcript

Proof of Social Security

  • Social Security Card
  • W-2

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
The car title is the most important document associated to your vehicle; therefore several documents are needed to receive a car title replacement. To replace lost car titles, stolen car titles or damaged pink slips in Pennsylvania, provide the following items:

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
When going through an address change checklist, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation may ask you to present certain documentation that confirms your new address. Acceptable documents include the following:

  • Utility bills
  • Mortgage statement
  • Official document from your bank or financial institution
  • PA car title
  • PA car registration
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Any other official document with your new address

Make sure to contact the DOT ahead of time to find out if there are any additional documents you must present.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
When address changing, it is important that you contact the PA DOT to find out if you are required to submit any documentation that confirms your legal status in the country. Some acceptable documents include the following:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Card

Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
To replace car registration documentation, provide a completed, signed, copy of Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker of Transfer of Registration. On the application you must certify the reason for your request for a duplicate car registration. You may apply for one if your original has been lost, stolen, defaced, or if you never received one to begin with. Submit your documentation to the PA DOT.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
When getting car registration for the first time, vehicle owners must have the following documents in hand:

With these documents, you may the visit a Department of Transportation office.

For more information: How to Register Vehicles in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
The only time documents are required to renew car registration is when visiting a Department of Transportation office. If you receive a notice to renew car registration in person, then bring the following items with you:

  • The renewal notice
  • Your PA driver s license

Check or money order

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
If you opt for renewing drivers licensematerials in person, you do not need to bring much. First, have your current driver s license in hand. You can then download, complete and sign the Non-Commercial Driver s License Application for Renewal Form DL-143 at home, or request the application in person. Once completed and your identity is verified with your current driver license, the DMV representative will issue a renewed license. The final step is paying the $27.50 fee with a personal check or money order. If drivers renew drivers licenses on or after July 1, 2015, the drivers license renewal fee is $28.50.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
The one document that is required to transfer titles is the car title itself. The car title is designed to be transferred over at one in time, and you will find the correct portion on the backside of the pink slip. If you do not have the car title, then you must order a car title replacement.

For more infromation: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
To replace your drivers license in person at a drivers licensing center, there are two items to bring:

  1. Proof of identity such as a US passport or birth certificate
  2. Check or money order for the replacement fee

Unfortunately, PA DMVs do not accept cash, debit or credit cards.

At that point in time, you will be asked to complete and sign Photo Identification Card Application to Change/Correct/Replace/Renew Form DL-54B.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
Residents of Pennsylvania wondering how to get a motorcycle licenses must visit a PennDOT license center with the Motorcycle Learner s Permit Application (Form DL-5) and the $10 motorcycle endorsement fee. To receive your class M motorcycle license, you must pass the vision and motorcycle skills test. If you are under 18, you must also hold a motorcycle license permit for at least six months and acquire 65 hours of supervised riding time. You must also attend the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Pennsylvania

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
To get a duplicate car title, submit an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title Form MV-38O. Depending on if you have a lien on the vehicle though, then you must complete an Application for Certificate of Title by Lien Holder Form MV-38L. Once signed and completed, you may then submit by mail or in person to receive a car title replacement. Take note that if any important details are left out, your request will not be granted.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
CDL drivers are required to do the following when they receive traffic fines:

  • Notify their employers
  • Notify the PA Department of Transportation, if they receive the ticket while they were out-of-state

Additionally, the penalty is a one-year suspension if the driver commits any of the following violations:

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
As you may already be aware, the maximum BAC level for CDL drivers is .04 percent. The CDL penalties for DUIs in Pennsylvania are as follows:

  • First DUI conviction: One year of CDL license suspension
  • First DUI conviction with a HAZMAT vehicle: Three-year CDL license suspension

Second and subsequent DUI convictions: A lifetime CDL license revocation

For more information: Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If you already requested to replace lost car title documentation with the DOT, it is too late. Even though the car title seems valid, the state has voided the previous car title and the document is no longer valid proof of ownership. To prevent the risk of unlawful activity, you are encouraged to drop the car title off at a DOT office. You are encouraged to notify law enforcement if the car title was later found.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

What information does a driving record contain?
Your Pennsylvania driving record includes the following information:

  • Any accidents you have been involved in
  • Any violations or offenses you have committed
  • The status of your drivers license

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An ID card is a form of identification recognized throughout the continental USA. It does not grant permission for international travel or driving on public roadways; instead, it acts as proof of residency, name and age. You can fly within the US providing an ID card, and also use one when opening financial accounts, using a credit card or buying alcohol.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The cost of driving under the influence varies widely based on how high the perpetrator s BAC was at the time of the violation and the number of the offense. The range is from $300, for a first-time DUI offender with general impairment all the way to $10,000 for a driver with the “highest” level BAC and two or more prior convictions.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Pennsylvania

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The cost of traffic ticket fees varies depending on the offense in question. However, you can expect the more serious violations, such as DUIs, to be much more costly than minor speeding tickets.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

What is the cost to get a driver record?
There are different fees associated with a PA driving record, depending on which one you want to get. The following driving records can be requested:

  • Three-Year Driving Record – $8
  • 10-Year Driving Record – $8 (For Employment Use only)
  • Full History Record – $8
  • Certified Driving Record – $30
  • Certified copy of document from file – $30
  • Copy of document from file (Microfilm) – $8

Fees are subject to change without notice.

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
Any commercial driver that is charged with an offense of driving under the influence will receive a one-year suspension. If the CDL driver was transporting hazardous materials, that suspension becomes three-years long. Furthermore, any subsequent DUI results in the lifetime disqualification of a CDL.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Pennsylvania

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
Due to the fact that Pennsylvania is a zero-tolerance state, minors face serious penalties for driving while intoxicated, including:

o An extra year will be added if the driver refuses an alcohol test.

  • Drug/alcohol evaluation.
  • Alcohol Highway Safety Program enrollment.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Pennsylvania

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
To legally operate a vehicle in the state of Pennsylvania, a driver must meet the following auto insurance minimums:

  • $15,000 for bodily injury/death for one person in an accident
  • $30,000 for bodily injury/death for two or more people in an accident
  • $5,000 for property damage

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
In Pennsylvania, the drivers license test consists of 20 questions ranging from pavement markings, traffic signs and road rules. To pass, you must get 17 correct that means the passing score must be at least 87 percent. If you happen to fail the driving test, you may reschedule a drivers exam appointment for the next possible day.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
In Pennsylvania, scooters and mopeds are exempt from being titled or registered because they do not comply with the safety guidelines to travel on most major roadways.

To title a motorcycle, you would follow the same procedure for a vehicle.

For more information: Title Transfer or Obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

What languages is the written test available in?
What languages is the written test available in?

To provide the best possible service to a diverse population of residents, the Pennsylvania DMV now provides the written drivers test in eight more languages. In addition to English and Spanish, PA drivers can take the written exam in the following languages:

  1. Arabic
  2. French
  3. Hindi
  4. Korean
  5. Mandarin
  6. Russian
  7. Ukrainian
  8. Vietnamese

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Pennsylvania

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
The specific steps for reinstating a drivers license after a DUI charge varies based on the severity of the offense. However, the basic steps are as follows:

  • Pay all fines and fees.
  • Attend an Alcohol Highway Safety Program.
  • Complete jail/parole/community service time, if necessary.
  • Obtain alcohol/drug treatment, when ordered.
  • Complete ignition interlock requirement, if applicable.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Pennsylvania

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
If you do not complete an address change request with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, you may face fines and other penalties. In order to avoid any issues, make sure to notify the DOT of your change of address within 15 days of settling in to your new place.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
In Pennsylvania, drivers are not permitted to get behind the wheel with an expired drivers license. If caught driving without a valid driving license, the penalty fine will be at least $200. For subsequent offences, you will face a fine between $200 and $1,000 and have your driving privileges revoked within a five- and seven-year period.

Fortunately, PennDOT allows drivers to renew expired drivers licenses in PA up to six months after the expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
There are three common documents that a driver can provide to show proof of car insurance in PA. These are as follows:

  • Auto insurance cards
  • Insurance policies
  • Insurance binders

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
PennDOT is committed to providing fast and efficient service. Yet if you find yourself waiting longer than 10 days for a renewed auto registration certificate, complete an Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker of Transfer of Registertation Form MV-44.

For further assistance, contact the PennDOT customer service line 717-787-2838.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
The majority of drivers renew drivers licenses online in Pennsylvania. A renewed drivers license is expected to arrive within four weeks time. Yet, in the event that you have not received the drivers license renewal, you must contact PennDOT immediately at 717-787-2838. Be sure to provide them a receipt number. If you did not save it, the representative is able to look up your information with your driver s license number.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
To get a permit for driving in PA, all beginner drivers must pass the DMV written exam and a vision exam. In addition, a physical exam from your primary care physician will be needed. If you pass the written drivers test, you will receive the same day a PA learner s permit that is valid for one year.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
To get a CDL license in Pennsylvania, there are a series of written tests and driving exams to pass. The first test is a medical and vision test. Getting a CDL permit is dependent on proving that you are in good health with a Medical Examiners Report and that your vision meets PA safety standards. The second test is the CDL DMV written test. To prepare, you want to review the office PA CDL driver s manual. Once you have a CDL instruction permit, you are eligible to enroll in commercial drivers training school, and study for additional endorsement tests. The endorsements may or may not require both a written and driving exam. Once your extensive knowledge and driving skill set is proven, a PA CDL license is issued.

For more information: Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
To get drivers licenses in Pennsylvania, PA residents must pass the following tests:

  • Vision test
  • Driving exam

The driving exam will test your practical, behind-the-wheel knowledge of turns, stops, pavements markings and other basic driving maneuvers. Keep in mind that in order to take the driving test, drivers must have already passed the written drivers test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Pennsylvania

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
Within the state of Pennsylvania, all drivers are required to have the following types of PA car insurance:

  • Medical Benefits (no-fault) insurance
  • Liability car insurance:

o Bodily injury

o Property damages

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
There are two types of noncommercial licenses in Pennsylvania: an unrestricted drivers license, also known as the Class C license, and a Class M license for motorcycles. If you are at least 17 and-a-half years old, you may apply for the full-privileged Class C drivers license. Once you pass the driving test and get a new drivers license, you can then apply for the Class M motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Pennsylvania

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
If you are caught operating a car without vehicle insurance, you will incur the following penalties:

  • A minimum fine of $300
  • A three-month suspension of your drivers license and car registration
  • An $88 restoration fee for registration
  • An $88 restoration fee for your license

o If it was a CDL, the restoration fee is $188.

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
To reinstate suspended licenses in Pennsylvania, drivers must follow the process carefully. Driving is not considered a right, but a privilege; therefore to reinstate driving licenses, a driver must first pay the penalty fees. If the court orders a drivers training course for improvement, then the suspended licensed driver must enroll and successfully complete a drivers ed course. The final step is to wait for the entire suspension period to pass.

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

When does my car registration expire?
Yes, the PA DOT sends renewal notices out in the mail. For that reason, it is recommended to always process a car registration change of address after setting up a new residence or new business. The Department of Transportation is restricted to sending mail to specific addresses on file. In the event that you do not receive an auto registration renewal notice, you are still responsible for renewing on time.

PA car registrations expire once a year, and are classified one of two ways:

  1. Expiring on or before June 30
  2. Expiring July 2015 or later

Your renewed car registration documentation and decal will arrive within seven to 10 business days of submitting an auto registration renewal request.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

When does my ID card expire?
A PA ID card is valid for four years. Renewing ID cards is possible in several ways: online, by mail and in person. To also make the process as simple as possible, Pennsylvania residents can renew ID cards up to three months in advance.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
You must notify the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation of your address changing within 15 days of your move. Failure to do so may result in fines and penalties. For more information, contact the PA DOT office nearest you.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Pennsylvania

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
In any private vehicle sale, a bill of sale must be completed. The seller is responsible for providing two copies, one for his or her records and the second for the buyer. At the time that pink slip is transferred, the bill of sale needs to be completed as well. Thereafter, the bill of sale acts as a receipt of the sale, and will be accepted by the PA DMV if a car title or vehicle registration needs to be replaced.

For more information: Title Transfer or Obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Pennsylvania

When will I need to renew my license?
Renewing drivers licenses in Pennsylvania can take place up to three months in advance to the printed expiration date. PennDOT does give a grace period if you pass the expiration date though. PA drivers have up to six months after the expiration date to renew drivers licenses; however, they will be responsible for paying a late fee. If you do not renew driving license credentials within the six months grace period, you will need to apply for a new one.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
The length of time it takes to receive a duplicate drivers license depends on the method you placed the request:

  1. In person A drivers license replacement is issued the same day
  2. Online The drivers license replacement arrives within two weeks
  3. By mail The wait period is within four weeks- time

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated Pennsylvania Driver s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
To determine the status of your drivers license, you have two options to employ. The first is to log on to the PennDOT website, enter your driver s license number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number to review your DMV file online. The second option, and often preferred, is to order a driver record. A drivers record shows your driving history for the past three years or the past 10, and will state if your drivers license is suspended and why.

For more information: Suspended License for Pennsylvania

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
To title and register your vehicle in the state of Pennsylvania, you will have to have paid taxes on the purchase price. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is the agency that collects state taxes. There are regional offices located throughout the state. Office hours are 8:20 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit their website for more information.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device is a device that is sometimes mandated for a driver to have installed in their vehicle if they are convicted of driving while intoxicated. Only certain instances require that a driver obtain an ignition interlock device. As a condition of reinstating suspended drivers license, you may be responsible for the cost of an ignition interlock device. You can find out more information about these devices by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation s Ignition Interlock Device webpage.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Pennsylvania

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
Some counties within the state will feature an online system for accessing information on parking or traffic tickets. Unfortunately, most of these county websites do not offer such services. If you live in a county that does not allow you to access this information digitally, call a DOT location or the court of the county where you were ticketed to find out more.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

Where can I find the DMV locations?
Please follow the link below for your nearest DMV location:

Pennsylvania DMV Office Contact Information

Where can I get a new drivers license?
A Pennsylvania license to drive is issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Any drivers license center in the state is authorized to issue a driver s license. Simply bring along the necessary documentation and fill out the appropriate forms.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Pennsylvania

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
To replace auto titles in PA, there are two ways, in person at a drivers licensing office or by mail. You can mail your pink slip replacement request to:

PA Department of Transportation

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

Where can I obtain an ID card?
ID card applications are available in any drivers licensing center. If this is your first time getting an ID card, then you must go in person. Under no circumstances may Pennsylvania residents apply for new DMV ID cards for the first time online or by mail. When it comes to renewing ID cards or getting an ID card replacement, you can take advantage of other methods like by mail or online.

For more information: How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Identification Card.

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
In the state of Pennsylvania, all motor vehicles required to get auto registration must also have Pennsylvania car insurance. Included vehicles are as follows:

  • Passenger cars
  • Trucks
  • Vans
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Buses
  • Commercial vehicles

For more information: Pennsylvania Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
If you wish to get a drivers permit and are under 18, your parent or legal guardian must accompany you to the DMV to pass your written exam. The PA DMV representative will provide a Parent or Guardian Consent Form, and must also show a valid form of identity.

For more information: Learner s Permit for Beginner Drivers in Pennsylvania

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
If you were recently issued a citation, your PA driving record may not currently reflect that updated information. You must wait roughly 10 to 15 days for a traffic ticket to be processed into your driving history. At that time, you can order a driving record and see how many points have been assessed.

For more information: Your Pennsylvania Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Unless you renew a drivers license in person, you are not asked to take a vision test every time you order a drivers license renewal. Instead, PennDOT chooses drivers 45 and older at random to renew their next drivers license at a drivers licensing office. PennDOT is confident that drivers take the safety precaution to get corrective wear when vision starts to fail.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
You may receive a driver s license renewal notice from the PA Department of Transportation. This is not a guaranteed service though. Every licensed driver in the state is responsible for recognizing his or her expiration date, and renewing drivers license materials within the given time periods. You can renew drivers licenses up to three months in advance, and have a grace period of six months after the expiration date. Take note, you will be responsible for paying an additional drivers license late renewal fee.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Pennsylvania

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
There are a number of Pennsylvania traffic fines that also place points against your drivers license. These include:

  • Speeding citations.
  • Not stopping at a stop sign.
  • Passing a vehicle illegally.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Pennsylvania

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
No matter what number the offense or how high the BAC, the state of Pennsylvania requires all DUI offenders to enroll in an Alcohol Highway Safety Program.

For more information: Driving Schools

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes, you will need to fill out an application to replace car registration. The Application for Duplicate Registration Card, Replacement of Registration Plate, Renewal Sticker or Weight Class Sticker of Transfer of Registration may be downloaded from the PA DOT website. On the application, certify the reason for your request for a duplicate car registration. You may mail your application and fee(s) to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

1101 S. Front Street

Harrisburg, PA 17104

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No, when requesting a duplicate car title, you do not need to show proof of insurance. The pink slip is in reference to ownership only, not driving privileges. To get a car title copy though, you will have to show proof of identity. Your name must match the one on the car title. Instead, proof of auto insurance is necessary to replace car registration certification, license plates or decals.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Pennsylvania

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, the PA DOT sends renewal notices out in the mail. For that reason, it is recommended to always process a car registration change of address after setting up a new residence or new business. The Department of Transportation is restricted to sending mail to specific addresses on file.

In the event that you do not receive an auto registration renewal notice, you are still responsible for knowing the expiration date and renewing your license plates and getting new certification and decals.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
No, car registration certification does not expire on a birthday or birth month in Pennsylvania. Instead, car registration expires one year from the date of issuance. To learn more about fees, you will review them in one of two categories depending on your car registration expiration date:

  1. Expiring on or before June 30
  2. Expiring July 2015 or later

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Pennsylvania