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

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Drivers in Pennsylvania are required to apply for drivers license in order to legally operate a motor vehicle on the public roads and highways within the state. Before beginning with the drivers license application process, you need to get a copy of the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual and go through a physical examination. You will also need to fulfill several other requirements set by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Did you know? As part of the process for obtaining a DMV drivers license, driving applicants are required to pass a knowledge test. More than 60 percent of new drivers fail the knowledge exam on their first try. Avoid being one of them by preparing with our practice driving tests.

How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Driver's License:

  • Visit a PA DOT location.
  • Provide the required documentation.
  • Pass the eye screening.
  • Pass a knowledge test.
  • Take and pass a road test.
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Pay the PA drivers license fees.

Learn the process for getting drivers licenses in Pennsylvania by reviewing the sections below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Pennsylvania

Drivers need to complete a drivers license application to operate motor vehicles in Pennsylvania. They may apply for different types of PA driving licenses, including the following:

  • Class A - issued to drivers who operate vehicle combinations with a weight of 26,001 pounds or more (GVWR).
  • Class B - issued to drivers who operate a single vehicle with a weight of 26,001 pounds or more (GVWR).
  • Class C - issued to drivers who operate a motor vehicle that does not belong to Class A or B.
  • Class M - issued to drivers who operate a motorcycle.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Pennsylvania

Driving applicants must apply for drivers license credentials to legally operate a motor vehicle on public roads in Pennsylvania. However, in order to get drivers licenses in the state, you must first meet specific requirements and obey certain restrictions set by the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Pennsylvania New Drivers (Over 18)

PA Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Pennsylvania DMV drivers license applicants are required to pass a knowledge test as part of the application process. To prepare for the license to drive test, study the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual and gauge your knowledge by using our online practice driving tests. The practice tests contain similar questions to those on the official knowledge test.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in PA

Visit the nearest Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (DOT) office in order to begin the drivers license application process. When visiting in person, you will need to provide the following documentation:

  • A completed Non-Commercial Learners Permit Application.
  • Your Proof of identity.
  • Two proofs of Pennsylvania residency.
  • Your Social Security card.
  • Payment for the applicable fee.

PA Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Driving applicants, who want to apply for a Pennsylvania drivers license, need to meet a certain age requirement. You can obtain a learners permit starting at 16, as the first step in getting a license to drive. If you would like to apply for a Class C drivers license, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a PA learners permit.
  • Pass a driving test.

PA Written/Driving Test

In order to operate a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania, you will need to pass a written knowledge test. The knowledge test contains questions about road rules, regulations and traffic signs. The PA DOT conducts the test as part of the learners permit application process. Take one of our practice driving tests to get prepared for the official PA DOT knowledge test. The practice test contains questions similar to those that you will answer on the actual exam day.

PA Driving Test

Driving applicants in Pennsylvania may schedule the driving test either online or by phone. This particular test examines the driver's ability to understand and obey traffic signs, as well as to follow traffic laws and regulations while operating a motor vehicle. The Pennsylvania driving test will examine you on maneuvers that include the following:

  • Ability to use vehicle controls, such as lights, horn, parking brake, windshield wipers and more.
  • Ability to obey warning signs, stop signs and traffic lights.
  • Knowing how to parallel park.

During the Pennsylvania driving test, you will not be allowed to drive with other passengers aside from your examiner. Note that the vehicle you use for the driving test must be registered and insured. Additionally, it must have a valid state inspection sticker and a valid emissions sticker.

New Pennsylvania Resident

New Pennsylvania residents can apply for drivers license at any near PA DOT office within 60 days of the establishing residency. In the application process, the driving applicant will need to surrender any existing out-of-state drivers license. However, if the out-of-state has been expired for more than six months, then you will have to apply for learners permit first.

In addition to getting drivers licenses, drivers must conduct a title transfer and register their vehicle in Pennsylvania within 20 days of their move. In order to title and register your motor vehicle in PA, you must first conduct a VIN inspection. Your VIN number must be verified when you are moving to the state.

Replace Drivers License in Pennsylvania

In the misfortune of a lost or stolen drivers license in PA, apply for drivers license replacements at the nearest DOT office. You also have the option to complete this process online or by mail. Driving applicants must complete a Non-Commercial Driver's License Application to Change/Correct/Replace and pay the applicable fee. For more information on how to get a duplicate drivers license, click here.

Locate a DMV in Pennsylvania

Find the nearest DMV office to you by searching through our PA DOT locations page. Easily obtain contact details you need, such as phone numbers and office hours directly on our site.

Submitted by MR Holtby on 14th Sep 2015

how to check my drivers

how to check my drivers license status?

Submitted by Cptchris717@hot... on 25th Aug 2015

If I need my driver's license

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

Submitted by Bevy on 15th Sep 2014

Why does it take 6 weeks to

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

Submitted by ashleeb801 (not verified) on 6th Jun 2013

Hi, I was wondering if anyone

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

Submitted by LEWJR (not verified) on 10th Apr 2012

Question: I'm already a PA

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?

Submitted by mike0661 (not verified) on 22nd Mar 2012

i have scheduled my drivers

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

Submitted by Devin B. on 3rd Nov 2015

i have scheduled my drivers

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

Submitted by Antidormi.Rocco (not verified) on 19th Dec 2011

can anyone tell me how to set

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

Submitted by grdre (not verified) on 12th Apr 2012

what web page do we go to to

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

Submitted by BHouser86 (not verified) on 12th Jan 2012

All u have to do is contact

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.

Submitted by Anne Medina (not verified) on 26th Jul 2011

This information is only

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.

Submitted by jessthebutterfly (not verified) on 27th Jul 2011

If you are married you also

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.

Submitted by JOANNDIO (not verified) on 26th May 2013

I want to change my last name

I want to change my last name on my drivers license

Submitted by Anonymous on 12th Mar 2011

How the hell do you sign up

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

Submitted by ecleary21 (not verified) on 14th May 2010

So, Im moving to North

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..

Submitted by Anonymous on 22nd Mar 2011

Your screwed !

Your screwed !

Submitted by lwaite (not verified) on 25th Sep 2009

I have my permit and i need

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!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on 5th Apr 2011

call 1-800-423-5542 and just

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 10th Feb 2011

through the web site

through the web site

Submitted by lourdesgoico (not verified) on 11th Jun 2009

i want to get the test for

i want to get the test for the driver license

Submitted by archana26 (not verified) on 13th Jan 2009

I am archana g zala and i

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