Pennsylvania Learner's Permit Checklist

Once you have completed your drivers education course, you will be ready to apply for your Pennsylvania learner’s permit.

Obtaining a Pennsylvania Learner's Permit

Before you can drive in Pennsylvania, you’ll need to get a Pennsylvania learner's permit. This is not a full license—it just allows you to practice driving while you have a licensed driver that is over 21 in the front passenger seat. Once you have trained, you’ll be able to get a full license. Click here to receive your forms and checklists to get your started on obtaining a Pennsylvania learner's permit.


  • The only requirements for obtaining your Pennsylvania instruction permit are that you must be at least 16 years old and you must pass both the written and vision tests.
  • You must also present your birth certificate, Social Security card, and a parent or legal guardian if you're under the age of 18.


Kentucy instruction permits cost $12.

Drivers Manual

Before you take your tests you should download a copy of and study the drivers manual.

Under 21
If you are under the age of 21 and hold a Pennsylvania instruction permit, you must keep it for 180 days before you can apply for your actual drivers license. You will only be allowed to drive when accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older; the adult must be sitting in the front passenger seat at all times.

Over 21
You don’t need to take a drivers education course to get your Pennsylvania learners permit but it is recommended. 

Find out more about drivers education in Pennsylvania here.