Pennsylvania Driving License

Pennsylvania driving license is the document required to legally drive a vehicle in the state. The state also recognizes valid out-of-state driver’s licenses as acceptable documents to drive legally in Pennsylvania. There are different categories of Pennsylvania driving license; for example, commercial and non-commercial driver’s licenses. Each category may have its own requirements. An applicant applying for a non-commercial driver’s license may have different requirements from an applicant applying for a taxi or truck license, for example.
The following are some of the requirements which an applicant for a non-commercial driver’s license must meet, in order to legally drive a car in Pennsylvania:

  • Those who have never been licensed before must first apply for a Learner’s Permit.
  • Since the Knowledge Test must be passed therefore it is advised that the applicant downloads Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) website.
  • The applicant must also be physical examined and therefore he/she must be examined by a physician or a certified and registered healthcare professional. The professional must complete Form DL-180 for the applicant.
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18 then Form DL-180TD must be used; completed by the applicant’s parent, guardian or spouse older than 18 years of age.
  • The appropriate application (DL-180/TD) must be taken to the local Driver License Center with an acceptable proof of identity.
  • Two acceptable proofs of residency are required from those applicants who are 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicant’s Social Security Card.
  • A check or money order made in the name of “PennDOT”.
  • The applicant must satisfactorily pass the Vision and Knowledge Tests.
  • The applicant will be issued a Learner’s Permit for one year.
  • Applicants 18 years of age or older can then schedule a road test by either calling 1-800-423-5542 or online by visiting PennDOT’s website. Those applicant’s who are under the age of 18 must wait for 6 months and have 65 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice before scheduling a road test.
  • Once the road test is successfully passed, the applicant is given Pennsylvania driving license.
For a penndot drivers license, do I need training?

Yes, training is mandatory requirement for getting a drivers license in PA. You can enroll in a drivers training program and complete the minimum training hours and classroom learning. Training is important to help you learn about the basics of driving and how to become a responsible driver in PA.

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