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

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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.

NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

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.

NEW RESIDENTS

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.

FEES

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.

VALIDITY

  • 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.

LEARNER'S LICENSE

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 on 11th Jun 2009

i want to get the test for

i want to get the test for the driver license

Submitted by archana26 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.