is a privately owned website.*

Have a Question?
Get Instant Online ANSWERS!

Our expert research team is ready to help! Send us your questions and a DMV advisor will get back to you in no time.

Only $9.99

Pass Your DMV Test

Be Prepared. Study with the 50 questions DMV Practice Test
BONUS - Get 20 Road Sign questions for FREE!
Drivers License - Online Services Guide Sponsored Ads

How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Pennsylvania

You can apply for a new driver's license at any Driver License Center in Pennsylvania. Obtain a Pennsylvania Driver's Manual to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Pennsylvania driver's license:

  • You must be at least 16 years old and must apply in person at any of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Driver License Centers.
  • If you are under 18, a duly completed Parent or Guardian Certification Form will be required. It will have to be notarized in case they do not accompany you to the centre.
  • A Noncommercial Learner's Permit Application will also be needed, duly completed. Your physician must attest here that you are medically allowed to drive.
  • One form of ID along with a Social security card (unlaminated) will be required.
  • If above 18 years of age, proof of residency and proof of citizenship are required.
  • Conditional to passing a written test, you will be issued a one year permit.


Pennsylvania residents holding a driver's license from another state need to apply for a Pennsylvania driver's license within 60 days of arriving. Otherwise you will be treated as a new driver and will have to go through the relevant process. To get a Pennsylvania driver's license you will have to apply in person at your local Driver License Center. Documents required include:
  • Your current out of state license which will have to be surrendered.
  • Social security card
  • Two documents confirming proof of residency. These may include current utility bills, mortgage records, tax documents or lease agreements etc.
  • A check or money-order for $26 made out to PennDOT
No tests are required for driver's holding valid out of state driver's license. Non-US citizens visiting the state may use their country's driving license for a period of a year. However, this should be supplemented with an International Driving Permit. Most non US citizens will have to follow a process similar to that for new drivers, i.e. apply for a learner's permit with all relevant document and fees and later pass the written test, vision test and road test before acquiring a longer term license. A list of the various scenarios that could be applicable to foreign citizens is available at PennDOT's web-site.


The cost for a non-commercial Pennsylvania driver's license is $34.50 for a four-year license and $24 for a two-year license. This will only be accepted in the form of a check (made out to PennDOT) or money order.


  • The validity of a Pennsylvania driver's license is normally four years for drivers over 18 years of age (every 2 years if over 65).
  • 16 to 18 year olds are initially issued a one year permit (subject to meeting all other requirements) and later a junior driver's license which is valid for 4 years. However, this license has certain restrictions attached to it.
  • It is only at 17.5 years of age that you can apply for a full-fledged four- year driver's license provided all other conditions are met.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Pennsylvania with a learner's license. See more information on learner's licenses here.


Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Pennsylvania

how to check my drivers license status?

If I need my driver's license number can I get it without coming into the DMV?

Why does it take 6 weeks to make another appointment after you fail?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone had information on how to obtain a license for disability people?

Question: I'm already a PA resident with a drivers license that has my dad's address (in Reading) on it. I currently live in Philadelphia, and am trying to get a PA ID with my current address on it in order to obtain a licence to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) I DO NOT want my mail going to my dad's house, so can anyone tell me if I can have 2 ID's (PA drivers license and a PA ID) with 2 different addresses on it? Or what I can do in order to accomplish this?

i have scheduled my drivers test, but i dont have a vehicle for the test. was wondering if the dmv would pervide one?

i have scheduled my drivers test, but i dont have a vehicle for the test. was wondering if the dmv would pervide one?

can anyone tell me how to set my appointment for my driver's test

what web page do we go to to schedule an on the road driver test in the Carlisle DMV?

All u have to do is contact the closest office to you and they will inform you with everything u have to bring n the soonest appt they have for you.

This information is only partially correct. Before making the trip ALL the way to the office make sure you ALSO have your birth certificate or passport to transfer an out of state license. Also the fee is $29.50 and not the listed $26 plus $5. Perhaps at some point soon the DMV will update this so we can all be accurately informed.

If you are married you also need your marriage certificate to show proof of your current last name from the one on your birth certificate.

I want to change my last name on my drivers license

How the hell do you sign up for your driving test?!

So, Im moving to North Carolina over summer.. I have my permit and I am eligable to get my lincense in July. I will be moving in June. Could I come back to PA to get my lincense test? Or do I have to take the test in North Carolina. The reason I would want to come back to PA to take it, is because in NC, you need to have your permit for 12 months and take THERE drivers ed course. Please Help! I need answers..

Your screwed !

I have my permit and i need my license ASAP. but it is impossible to get through to the DMV on the phone - the line is constantly busy. Is there some way to schedule for my driving test online? If so, how? PLEASE HELP!!!

call 1-800-423-5542 and just listen to what it tells you! go threw the steps and your set

through the web site

i want to get the test for the driver license

I am archana g zala and i want to get driving liscence for pennsylvania state.