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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your PA Driver's License
  • Preparing For Your PA Permit Test
  • Taking Your PA Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your PA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your PA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed Your PA Driving Exam
  • Renewing Your PA Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To Pennsylvania (Or Just Visiting)
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Applying For Your PA Driver's License
Where do I go to apply for my PA Driver's License?
When you are eligible to apply for your PA Driver's License you will need to apply for your license at your local PA DOT office. You can find a list of appropriate locations and permit test times by visiting this website: www.dmv.state.pa.us
At what age can I apply for my PA permit?
In PA, you have to be at least 16 years old to apply for a Learner's Permit.
If am under 18 what documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my PA license?
If you are under 18, you should bring proofs your identity (a birth certificate, U.S. Passport or certificate of naturalization), a DL 180, your Social Security Card, and DL 180TD completed by your parent or legal guardian or spouse (if they are older than 18). You should also remember to bring your application fee of $34.50. The opposite side of Form DL180 gives you more information acceptable documents.
I am 18 years old or older what do I need to bring with me when I apply for my PA license?
If you are older than 18, you should bring Form DL 180, proofs of your identity (such as birth certificate, U.S. Passport or naturalization certificate), two proofs of your residency (a utility bill, W-2, tax records), and your Social Security Card. You should bring the application of $34.50 as well. The opposite side of Form DL180 gives you more information about acceptable documents.
Is there any way for me to contact the Philadelphia Department Of Transportation office?
You can contact your local DOT office by calling this number 1-800-932-4600 or by visiting this website: www.dmv.state.pa.us. If you'd like to contact the office in person but the times do vary depending on which location you choose to visit.
Do I need to get a physical before I obtain my permit?
Yes. You do have to get a physical in order to get a PA permit.
In PA are vision tests required?
Yes. Vision tests are required. To pass, you must have 20/40 vision or better. You are allowed to wear your corrective lenses during this test, especially if those are what you plan to use while driving.
Where am I allowed to take my driver's license photo?
You have your driver's license photo taken at the PA DOT office. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would normally, and it's important that your face is recognizable.
What is the first step of the driver's license application process?
First step is passing the knowledge test and receiving your learner's permit.
I am 18 years old or older what do I need to bring with me when I apply for my PA license?
If you are older than 18, you should bring Form DL 180, proofs of your identity (such as birth certificate, U.S. Passport or naturalization certificate), two proofs of your residency (a utility bill, W-2, tax records), and your Social Security Card. You should bring the application of $34.50 as well. The opposite side of Form DL180 gives you more information about acceptable documents.
Preparing For Your PA Permit Test
How should I study for my PA Permit Test?
Reading the PA Driver's Manual gives you the best chance of passing successfully the PA Permit Test. You should read the entire manual, focusing particularly on the main topics from each section i.e. safe driving rules, signals, traffic signs, speed laws and more.
Do I have to complete a Driver's Ed. Course to be eligible to receive my PA Driver's License?
If you are 16, you will need to complete a driver's education course before you receive your permit. Applicants 17 years old or older do not need to attend or complete a Driver's Education course.
Where can I find a copy of the PA Driver's Manual?
Your local DOT office has copies of your PA Driver's Manual. You can also download a copy by visiting this website: www.dmv.state.pa.us.
Are there any chapters I can skip of the PA Driver's Manual?
We recommend you read the entire manual at least once. Reading the entire manual gives you the best chance of passing your PA Permit Test.
Typically, how many questions are on the PA Permit Test?
There are 18 questions on the PA Permit Test.
How many questions do I need to answer correctly?
You need to answer 15 out of the 18 questions correctly in order to pass.
When will I know if I passed or failed my PA Permit Test?
The PA Permit Test is computerized. You will know immediately after you finish the exam if you have passed.
Where can I take my PA Permit Test?
When you are ready to take your PA Permit Test, you will need to visit your local PA DOT office. You can find available locations near you by visiting this website: www.dmv.state.pa.us.
Is there anything I should do the night before my PA Permit Test?
Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website. Get a good night's rest as well.
Do a lot of people fail the PA Permit Test on their first try?
Approximately, 43% of people fail their exam on the first try. However, if you prepare thoroughly and study consistently, you will be giving yourself the best chance of passing your permit test on your first try.
When I'm ready to take my PA Permit Test what should I do?
When you are ready to take your PA Permit Test, you should gather the necessary documents first. This means you should have a medical professional complete your DL-180 and if you are under 18, your parents will have to complete form DL-180 TD and sign it. You should be able to provide proof of your identity, using acceptable documents that are listed on the opposite side of Form DL-180. If you are 18 or older you will need to provide two documents proving your residency in PA. Also, you should bring your Social Security Card and an application fee of $34.50.
Taking Your PA Permit Test
At what age can I take the PA Permit Test?
In PA, you have to be at least 16 years old to apply for a Learner's Permit.
If I am under 18, what documents do I need to take with me when I take my PA Permit Test?
If you are under 18, you should bring proofs your identity (a birth certificate, U.S. Passport or certificate of naturalization), a DL 180, your Social Security Card, and DL 180TD completed by your parent or legal guardian or spouse (if they are older than 18). You should also remember to bring your application fee of $34.50. The opposite side of Form DL180 gives you more information acceptable documents.
How much does a permit test cost?
A PA Permit test costs $34.50.
How many questions are there on the PA Permit Test?
There are 18 questions on the PA Permit Test.
How many questions do I need to answer correctly?
You need to answer 15 out of the 18 questions correctly in order to pass.
What should I expect when I take my PA Permit Test?
The PA Permit Test will test your knowledge of motor vehicle laws, road signs, safe driving techniques, drinking and driving penalties and much more. If you read through the PA Driver's Manual and study thoroughly you will be well prepared to take the PA Permit Test.
Are there common mistakes most applicants make when taking the PA Permit Test for the first time?
Generally, test takers confuse speed limits or road signs. However, the biggest mistake you should is NOT studying. Remember to read the entire PA Driver's Manual and to study thoroughly.
Is the PA Permit Test open book?
No. The PA Permit test is not open book. You are not allowed to use your PA Driver's Manual or any other supplementary study materials during the PA Permit Test.
Do I have to take a drug test when I get my learner's permit?
No. A drug test is not required.
What happens if I fail my PA Permit Test?
You will not receive your PA Permit if you fail your permit test. Sometimes, you may even encounter the same questions from your previous exam.
What happens after I pass my PA Permit Test?
If you are under 18 years old, you must wait 6 months before you are able to take your Permit Test. During this time you must complete 65 hours of supervised road training. Remember when you are practicing that a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older must accompany you.
Preparing For Your PA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What skills should I develop for my PA Driving Exam?
For your PA Driving Exam, you should be able to demonstrate your examiner that you know how to drive safely. You should practice coming to complete stops, signaling effectively, braking smoothly and backing up safely.
Where can I practice driving?
Anywhere in Pennsylvania as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. While you possess a Learner's Permit, you are not allowed to drive in a vehicle without a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older present. It's a good idea to practice in areas where you are most familiar and then progressing to other areas.
Can I practice driving at any time with my PA Permit?
No. You may not. You may not drive between 11PM and 5 AM, and you may not drive any time that you are not accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older.
Do I have to learn how to parallel park?
Yes. You will need to learn how to parallel park for your PA Driving Exam.
What documents do I need to take with me when I take my PA Driving Exam?
You should bring your Learner's Permit, proof of your vehicle insurance and proof of vehicle's registration. If you are under 18, you must also bring form DL-180 C signed by your parent.
Is there anything in particular I should do the night before my PA Driving Exam?
Relax and get a good night's rest. Don't try to to learn new tricks or even new skills. The night before your Driving Exam, you should feel prepared and confident in the work that you have put in beforehand.
How can I schedule my PA Driving Exam?
You can schedule your PA road test by calling your local DOT office 1-800-932-4600 or by visiting this website www.dmv.state.pa.us.
What should I expect when I take my PA Driving Exam?
First, your examiner will check that your vehicle is in working condition. He or she will ask you demonstrate different parts of your vehicle. Then you will show your knowledge of traffic hand signals. If you successfully answer these initial questions, you will begin your road test. Remember during the driving exam you need to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely.
Do I have to supply my own vehicle for my PA Driving Exam?
Yes. You must bring your own vehicle for your road test. This vehicle should be in good working condition. It's a good idea to use the same vehicle with which you practiced. The vehicle must be insured. It must have a valid safety inspection sticker, a license plate and registration card. The PA DOT is very strict about this so to be extra certain you ask more questions about what is required when you schedule your Driving Exam.
Taking Your PA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Who should bring me to my PA Driving Exam?
Anyone as long as the person accompanying you is a licensed driver who is 31 years old or older.
What are common mistakes that test takers make their first time taking the PA Driving Exam?
Common mistakes that you should avoid include speeding, tailgating and forgetting to signal. Remember the purpose of your Driving Exam is to demonstrate that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
What maneuvers will I have to complete on my PA Driving Exam?
Typically, you will need to demonstrate to your examiner that you are capable of yielding the right-of-way, turning smoothly, backing up safely and passing other cars safely and efficiently. You will also be asked to parallel park.
What should I expect when I take my PA Driving Exam?
First, your examiner will check that your vehicle is in working condition. He or she will ask you demonstrate different parts of your vehicle. Then you will show your knowledge of traffic hand signals. If you successfully answer these initial questions, you will begin your road test. Remember during the driving exam you need to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely. You should make sure to come to complete stops at all traffic lights and signs, signal for every turn, slow down at yield signs, merge smoothly with traffic, parallel park and observe and obey speed limits.
Will I have to parallel park on my exam?
Yes. You will have to parallel park on your exam.
Can I wear contacts during my Driving Exam?
Yes. You should absolutely wear contacts (or glasses) if you use these corrective lenses to see normally.
Who will be in the car with me during my PA Driving Exam?
Only you and your examiner are allowed in the vehicle during your PA Driving Exam.
What happens if I fail my PA Driving Exam?
You will not receive your PA Driver's License, and you will have to reschedule your Driving Exam. You are able to take the PA Driving Exam three times before you will have to apply for another permit. Do not rush retaking your exam. Pay attention to what your examiner identifies as your weaknesses and work upon improving and developing better driving skills.
After You Have Passed Your PA Driving Exam
What happens after I pass my PA Driving Exam?
Once you have passed your PA Driving Exam, you will receive your Junior Driver's license. You will possess this license for 12 months. If you have a good driving record, you will then be able to receive an unrestricted license.
Will there be limitations on my Driver's License when I first receive it?
Yes. Initially, you will receive a Junior's License, which you will have to maintain for 12 months. With a junior's license you will not be able to drive between 11 PM and 5 AM unless you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. Additionally, you are not allowed to drive with more than one non-family member who is under 18 during this year. If you keep a good driving record during the 12 months, you will then receive your senior driver's license.
Do I need to get car insurance?
Yes. You will. In the state of Pennsylvania, every driver must have liability coverage of $15,000, at minimum, for each person of the other vehicle in the event of an accident that was your fault. You must also be able to cover $5,000 in property damage.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I apply for car insurance in Pennsylvania?
The required documents may vary depending on the policies of the insurance company to which you are applying. Generally, you should bring information related to your vehicle, and you should be able to provide basic information about yourself (proof your identity, residency, etc.).
How much does car insurance typically cost in Pennsylvania?
Prices vary depending on your car, your driving record, your age and other factors.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in PA?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your PA Driver's License
How can I renew my PA license?
You may renew your license online (by visiting this website: www.dmv.state.pa.us) or by mail to the Bureau of Driver Licensing, P.O. Box 68272, Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272. PA does not allow in-person renewals. Regardless of what option you choose, you will receive your camera card in the mail and you will have to go to a photo center to have your new license processed.
Do I need to take another eye exam when I renew my license?
No. You do not have to retake your eye exam to renew your license.
What If You're Moving To Pennsylvania (Or Just Visiting)
Do I have to take the Pennsylvania road test if I move to Pennsylvania from another state?
When you move to Pennsylvania, you have 60 days to obtain a Pennsylvania license. You do not have to complete the PA Driving Exam in order to be able to do this.
What documents do I need to bring with me to replace my out-of-state license?
When you replace your out-of-state license, you will need to bring your Social Security Card, a completed Form DL-180R and provide proof of your residency. You will need to pass the PA vision test in order to obtain your PA Driver's License.
Does my out-of-state license have to be valid in order for me to exchange it for a PA Driver's License?
Your license cannot be replaced, if your license has been expired for more than 6 months.
Can I use my out-of-state learner's permit in Pennsylvania?
No. Out-of-state Learner's Permits are not valid in PA. You will have to apply for a PA Learner's Permit and complete the necessary steps to obtain a PA Learner's Permit.
How long can I drive in Pennsylvania with an out-of-state license?
If you are not planning on becoming a PA resident, you can drive with your out-of-state license for as long as you like. If you do become a PA resident, you have to obtain a Pennsylvania license within 60 days.
Am I allowed legally to drive in Pennsylvania with my out-of-country license?
Yes. You are allowed to drive in PA with a valid foreign driver's license for up to 12 months. After this time, you will have to apply for a PA Driver's License. Visit this website to find out more information about out-of-country licenses: www.dmv.state.pa.us.Question Category