Obtaining A New Pennsylvania Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Pennsylvania? We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance services in Pennsylvania can facilitate the processes involved in many DOT related services by providing invaluable information and step-by-step instruction on how best to proceed. Whether you are looking to renew, replace or get a new PA driver’s license or ID card, online application assistance services can help with these and many more. Other benefits include one-click access to an entire inventory of official Pennsylvania forms and publications, as well as other useful PA resources.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DVS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DVS.

3: Via a DVS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DVS office. Varying DVS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DVS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DVS allows you to make a personal appointment.

Pennsylvania Drivers License Requirements

Pennsylvania drivers license applicants must fulfill a few requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • All applicants must be at least 16 years or older. 
  • Any applicants under the age of 18 are required to have a parental consent form filled out which can be downloaded from the DVS website.  If the parent or guardian does not accompany the minor to the license center, the parental consent form must be notorized.
  • Need to fill out a non-commercial learner's permit application from DVS's website
  • Have a physician's signature certifying the applicant is medically allowed to drive
  • Applicants must provide the completed form, one form of identification, social security card, proof of citizenship and a proof of residency. 

A person who is applying for a new drivers license in Pennsylvania will be issued a one-year learner's permit after passing a written test about driving laws and regulations in the state.

You can generate a time-saving and helpful checklist of the required and acceptable documentation.

New Pennsylvania Residents

New Pennsylvania residents can obtain a new Pennsylvania drivers license by visiting the driver license issuance office within 60 days of relocating. It is treated like a license transfer from an old state of residence to reflect the person's new Pennsylvania residency. 

You will only have to prove your identity with your current state's drivers license, which will be surrendered at the time of the application. The applicant will need to provide a social security card and two proofs of residency. 

Fees and Other Information

The fee for a new non-commercial Pennsylvania drivers license is $31, including a $5 fee for a permit and a $26 fee for a four-year license with a photo. Only check or money order payments are accepted. 

A new Pennsylvania drivers license is valid for four years for drivers over the age of 18.  Anyone over the age of 65 will be issued a two-year license.

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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