Initial license for new drivers is probationary for ages 16 to 17; 18 for commercial driver’s license. The Department will issue the applicant a learner’s permit that identifies the class of license applied for by the applicant.
License application forms are obtainable from PennDOT Driver License Center and the PennDOT website.
Obtaining a license requires passing a knowledge test, driving test, eye test, and a physical examination. It also requires a Social Security card, proof of identity, and 2 proofs of residency.
Driving test, knowledge test, and physical exam are waived for new residents with a valid out-of-state driver’s license.
A regular, non-commercial PA driver’s license may be issued to a person who is 16 1/2 years old or older, who has a valid driver’s license issued by another state that has not expired within 6 months of application. This person must demonstrate visual fitness and the Department must be satisfied that the applicant’s experience in driving vehicles which may be driven by holders of the classes of licenses sought by the applicant is sufficient to justify the issuance of the license without further behind the wheel training.
The expiration dates of non-U.S. citizen driver’s licenses expire on the same day their immigration visa does.
A license includes a color photograph and the height and eye color of the licensee.
Temporary driver’s licenses, which are valid for 15 days, are issued to first time applicants. The 15-day period is used to validate that the applicant’s photograph does not match another photograph in PennDOT’s database. Once this validation is completed, individuals will receive their permanent driver’s license in the mail within 15 days.