This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Pennsylvania
A) Make an Appointment
Make an appointment online to get your driver's license after you have held your permit for six months.
B) Take the Road Test
During your visit to the Pennsylvania Driver License Center, you must provide:
- Your valid learner’s permit
- A completed Parent or Guardian Certification Form DL-180C (if you are younger than 18)
- Proof of vehicle insurance
- Proof of vehicle registration
- Accompanying driver’s valid driver’s license
Get Your Pennsylvania Driver's License
The steps to get a regular drivers license are graduated. After passing your road test (and completing all other requirements), you'll receive a junior drivers license. This eventually turns into your regular drivers license.
Junior Drivers License
A junior drivers license comes with the following restrictions:
- No driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless your spouse, guardian or parent (who is a licensed driver and is at least 18 years old) is with you*
- No carrying more passengers than seat belts in your car
- You will receive a mandatory 90-day suspension if you accumulate six or more points or if you're convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit
*You may drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. if you are involved in public or charitable service, a member of a volunteer fire company or employed during those hours. But the catch is you must carry a notarized affidavit or certificate of authorization from your employer, supervisor or fire chief indicating your probable schedule of activities. Keep this notarized affidavit with your driver’s license.
Regular Non-Commercial Driver’s License
You can obtain a regular drivers license after you've held your junior license for one year and also have:
- Passed a driver training course approved by the PA Department of Education
- Not been involved in a crash for which you are partially or fully responsible for one year
- Not been convicted of any violation of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code for one year
- The consent of your parent, guardian or spouse who is at least 18 years old
If you meet the above conditions the state will lift your driving restrictions and automatically turns your junior drivers license into a regular license when you turn 18. You can also apply for a regular license by submitting an Application for Change from a Junior Driver’s License to a Regular Non-Commercial Driver’s License (DL-59).