Pennsylvania Driving Permit

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In the state of Pennsylvania, a driving permit is called the Learner’s Permit. It is issued to those who are 16 years of age or older and who want to drive in the state. Even people who have never had a license can apply for the Learner’s Permit. New residents to the state who have never been licensed or those who have had an out-of-state license which has been expired for more than 6 months are also eligible to apply for Pennsylvania Learner’s Permit. An applicant is advised to follow the following steps in order to obtain his/her Pennsylvania Learner’s Permit:

  • Download Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual online or visit the local Driver License Center
  • Have a physical examination conducted by a healthcare professional (physician, certified registered nurse practitioner, etc) and complete Form DL-180 (Medical Qualification Certificate)
  • The applicant must visit the local Driver License Center with the completed Form DL-180 or Form DL-180TD (if less than 18 years of age). DL-180TD must be completed by a parent, or guardian who is 18 years of age or older
  • The applicant must also submit proof of identity (the backside of Form DL-180 contains a list of acceptable proofs of identity)
  • For those who are 18 years of age or older, two acceptable proofs of residency are required. Those who are less than 18 years of age, do not need to establish proof of residency (the backside of Form DL-180 contains a list of acceptable proofs of residency)
  • Social Security Card
  • A check or money order written in the name of PennDOT
  • Pass the eye screening
  • Pass the Knowledge Test

Once these requirements are satisfactorily fulfilled, the applicant will be issued with a Learner’s Permit. The permit will be valid for one year. If the person is under the age of 18, he/she will have to wait for at least 6 months before he/she can take the skills test. 65 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience are also required for taking the skills test.
The Learner’s Permit holder must make an appointment for a road test by either calling at 1-800-423-5542 or by visiting the PennDOT’s website.

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Q:As I was reading about PA drivers permit how long before license, I found out that I will have to complete 65 hours of training with this. Is this true?

A:A permit is designed for young drivers who are not yet 18 and are currently learning how to drive. The permit has to be kept for at least 6 months before one can apply for a full drivers license. You need to complete a minimum of 65 hours of training behind the wheel. Learn more about permits and requirements on our page.