PENNSYLVANIA DRIVER’S PERMIT

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An initial Learner's Permit is issued to any individual, 16 years of age or older, who has never been licensed to operate a vehicle, a new resident who has never been licensed, or a new resident who has been licensed in another state but whose driver license has been expired longer than 6 months. If you are a new resident to PA, please visit our New Resident information page.

PROCESS:

STEP 1:

Acquire a Pennsylvania Driver's Manual on this website: English (PDF) or Spanish(PDF). An audio version of the manual is also available.

STEP 2:

Have a physician, physician assistant, certified registered nurse practitioner or chiropractor conduct a physical examination and complete Form DL-180(PDF), "Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application."

STEP 3:

Visit a Quad A Driving Academy with:

  • The completed DL-180 (PDF)

  • The completed DL-180TD (PDF)(if under the age 18). This form must be completed by a parent, guardian, or spouse who is 18 years of age or older.

  • Proof of identity, which is listed on reverse side of DL-180 (PDF). Note: If you are changing your name, you must present original documents supporting name changes such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order. 

    • NOTE: Birth certificates issued by the Puerto Rico Department of Health before July 1, 2010, were invalidated under a law passed by the government of Puerto Rico to combat fraud and protect the identity and credit of all persons born in Puerto Rico. As of October 31, 2010, Pennsylvania no longer accepts as proof of identification Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010. New, more secure birth certificates are available online or by mail. Visit the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration website for full instructions on applying for new certificates.

  • Two acceptable proofs of residency, listed on reverse side of DL-180 (PDF), if you are 18 years of age or older. Proof of residency is not required if you are age 16 or 17.

  • Your Social Security card.

STEP 4:

Take your eye screening and Knowledge Test at a PennDOT Driver License Center. Once passed, you will be issued your Initial Learner's Permit.

Note: Permit holders under the age of 18 are encouraged to schedule their exam at this time for 6 months from the date their initial permit was issued. Leading up to the date of their skills test, if the student does not feel comfortable they may reschedule their exam for a future date.

STEP 5: 

(Only applicable for permit holders under 18)

You must complete 65 hours of adult-supervised skill building.

STEP 6:

When visiting a Quad A to take your road test, please be sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Your valid learner's permit

  • Parent or Guardian Certification Form DL-180C (PDF), if applicant is under 18 years of age

  • Proof of vehicle insurance

  • Proof of vehicle registration

  • Accompanying driver's valid driver's license

Knowledge Test

Do you think you are ready to take your knowledge test? Please use our Locator service to find a PennDOT location near you. Be sure to bring your completed Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application(PDF), completed Parent and Guardian Consent form (PDF) or required proof of residency, and appropriate fee. 



Forms:

DL-31 (PDF)

DL-180 (PDF)


DL-180C (PDF)

DL-180TD (PDF)

Resources:

Download a Driver's Manual: English(PDF), Spanish (PDF), or Audio

Fees

Find a Driver License Center

Non Commercial A and B Fact Sheet(PDF)

Proof of Identity & Residency Information

Schedule a Driver Road Test

Third-Party Non-Commercial Skills Testing

Take a Sample Knowledge Practice Test


 

Get the PA Driver's License Practice Test APP

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