Pennsylvania Driver’s License & Permit FAQ
How Can I Apply for my PA Driver’s License? Frequently Asked Questions
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What age do I have to be in order to apply for my permit in Pennsylvania?You have to be 16 or older to apply for your permit in Pennsylvania.
What documents will I need when I go to apply for my license in Pennsylvania?Be sure to bring the following items with you to the DOT office:
- Form DL 180 “Medical Qualification Certificate”
- Form DL 180TD (If under 18) Completed by a parent, legal guardian or spouse who is 18 or older.
- Proofs of identity such as a birth certificate, US passport, certificate of US citizenship or certificate of naturalization. The documents you need are also listed on the opposite side of Form DL 180.
- If you are 18 or older --Two proofs of residency such as a utility bill, W-2, tax records, current weapons permit, mortgage documents, lease agreement or any document listed on the opposite side of Form DL 180.
- Social Security Card
- Check or Money Order for $34.50
Where do I go to apply for my driver’s license in PA?Your local Pennsylvania DOT office is the only place where you can apply for your license. Be sure to verify the time your local office does permit exams before going. Find a local office at www.dmv.state.pa.us.
How do I contact the nearest Pennsylvania DOT office?The Pennsylvania DOT office will happily assist you. Just call 1800-932-4600 or go online to www.dmv.state.pa.us. The hours and availability will differ according to day and location. You will always be able to reach a DOT representative by phone from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
Who should bring me for my permit test in PA?Any licensed driver over 21 years old should bring you.
Do I need a physical in order to get a permit in Pennsylvania?A physical examination is all a part of the driver’s license process in Pennsylvania. You should get a doctor, physician assistant, chiropractor or certified registered nurse practitioner to give you a physical and fill out Form DL-180 “Medical Qualification Certificate”.
Is a vision test required when applying for the PA driver’s license?It sure is. Your vision will be tested the day you go to apply for your permit. It’s ok to wear contacts or glasses if that is what you use to see with.
Where do I get a photo for my Pennsylvania driver’s license taken?The Pennsylvania DOT uses a unique facial recognition technology feature; therefore, you can only have your photo done there. You will have your photo taken once you pass the road test. To find out more about facial recognition technology go to http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/centers/temporarydriverslicense.shtml.
What colors should I avoid wearing when taking picture for my license?There are no colors you should avoid. Wear what ever color you like!
Do I need to put up hair when taking driver’s license photo?You may wear your hair the same way you would normally wear it; however, it should not be covering your face or your eyes. The purpose of the photo is to be able to identify who you really are. Besides, you would not want to hide that amazing face!
What make-up to wear when I get my PA driver’s license picture taken?Wear your normal make-up; however, the less make-up the better. As long as you are not wearing so much make-up to where you are unrecognizable, you will be fine!
Why is it best not to smile when taking your drivers license picture?Some states are moving towards face recognition technology that will be able to uniquely identify each individual. A straight face on the photo helps distinguish who you really are. This is all in an effort to stop fraud.
What are some tips for getting the best out of the driver’s license picture?Look straight into the camera and keep a calm and relaxed face!
What happens after I apply for my Pennsylvania license?Once you have applied for your license and have your permit, you must wait at least 6 months if you are under 18 to schedule a road test. You must also acquire 65 hours of behind the wheel training before scheduling a test. If you are over age 18, you may schedule it whenever you are ready without having to meet these requirements.
I have a question that’s not answered above. What do I do?If you can’t find the answer to your question above, please use our Beginner Driver Q & A Section to get a professional answer from our experts! If you need any further assistance, you’re welcome to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here’s What Other Learners from PA Are Saying:
"The test was super easy, I didn't reach even the 16th question. Got the first 15 correct! My advice is to read the handbook very well and do practice tests, don't memorize the questions and the answers, just understand the concept, and for those people who r asking if it's the same questions: well, some questions might be similar and some might be the same exactly."Warda L., Philadelphia, PA
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