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Practice Driving in Pennsylvania

A) Get On the Road

If you are younger than 18 years old, you must clock 65 hours of supervised practice behind the wheel, including 10 hours at night and 5 hours in bad weather, while you have your learner's permit for a minimum of 6 months before taking the skills test (road test). Pennsylvania learner's permit holders also face the following restrictions:

  • You can't drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or spouse who is a licensed driver and is at least 18 years old or a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old
  • Your number of passengers must not exceed the number of seat belts in a vehicle if you are younger than 18 years old

You are also subject to a mandatory license suspension lasting 90 days if you accumulate 6 or more points, or if you're convicted of a single high-speed violation (driving 26 miles per hour or more over the speed limit).

B) Get Parent or Guardian Certification of Practice Completion

Once you finish your 65 hours behind the wheel, have the Parent or Guardian Certification Form (Form DL-180C) signed in the presence of a notary, driver license examiner or an end-of-course skill test teacher. All 65 hours need not be supervised by the same adult.

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