Pennsylvania Driver’s License: Step-by-Step
The state of Pennsylvania uses a graduated driver licensing program (GPL) starting at age 16. The first stage is the learner’s permit followed by a provisional license. Those having met the driving requirements or 18+ can move onto getting their adult license.
This guide will share what is required – and the steps you’ll take – when getting an adult license in Pennsylvania state.
How to Get a Pennsylvania License
- 17 ½ and held a provisional license for 1 year
- 18 and over
…can apply for a driver’s license or consider a REAL ID (see PA’s guidelines). There are several driver’s license types in PA, but this section is for Class C (your average license in Pennsylvania).
Here is what you’ll do when applying for a PA license (in full):
- Schedule and visit a local PA DMV office
- Provide a valid learner permit or provisional license
- Provide your accompanying driver’s valid license
- Provide the completed Parent or Guardian Certification Form (DL-180C) if under 18
- Show proof of insurance
- Pass the road test
- Pay the application fee
- Get your driver’s license
The DMV driving test verifies adult drivers can:
- Check for safety
- Control the vehicle
- Obey traffic signs
- Signal properly
- Observe and communicate
Practice makes perfect so be sure to do a combination of day driving, night driving, and driving in inclement weather!
Submitting the paperwork and passing the tests will award Pennsylvania residents with a license.
The first driver’s license is valid for 4-years giving lots of time until you renew your PA license.
Motorcycles? Boats? Salvaged vehicles? See our other PA vehicle registrations guide.
Find a Local DMV Location in Pennsylvania
Need help finding the nearest PA DMV location? Use our PA DMV directory.
Or, use our on-site search if you know the name of the location.