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- Class A.
- Class B.
- Class C.
- Class M.
- Commercial (CDL) A, B and C.
NOTE: If you are a teenager, please visit our applying for a new license for teens sections.
Although not mandatory, you should consider enrolling in a driver education course, such as the one offered by our sponsor. It will enhance your road confidence and improve your chances of being a safe driver.
Pennsylvania's Driver's Manual ranks as your best study-source for the written test. All questions are based on material contained in the manual. After studying, test your readiness by taking one or two practice tests.
No appointment is necessary. Tests are given on a walk-in basis at any Driver License Center.
Bring to the test:
- A completed Non-Commercial Learner's Permit application.
- Proof of identity (an accepted list of ID forms can be found on the back of the Learner's Permit Application).
- Two acceptable proofs of residency.
- Your Social Security card.
- Payment for any applicable fees.
After studying Pennsylvania's Driver's Manual, possibly enrolling in a driver education class, and organizing all the needed requirements described above, you'll visit a Driver License Center to take the test and a vision screening.
You'll need a car to take Pennsylvania's road test. Owning a vehicle will make it easier for you to practice on your own.
Focus on purchasing a used car that fits needs and budget, rather than image. Before choosing, make sure to order a vehicle history report. This will help protect you from buying a car that has been in a lot of accidents or been flood-damaged.
Car insurance, regardless if you only hold a learner's permit, is required by law. You can compare rates at our Insurance Center.
First, set an appointment for a skills (road) test.
What to bring to the test:
- A car with a valid state inspection sticker, emissions sticker (if required), as well as valid insurance and registration.
- The license of the person who accompanied you to the exam site.
Once You Pass
You will be issued a camera card and directed to the Photo License Center. After getting your picture snapped, you will be handed a driver's license.
Your license will be issued to you immediately after passing the skills test. You'll need to show identification, such as your learner's permit, voter registration card or Pennsylvania photo-ID card.
Visit any Driver License Center with:
- Your out-of-state driver's license (it cannot be expired more than six months)
- Completed form DL-180R
- Proof of identification and residency
- Payment for driver's license fee
You will also be required to pass a vision test.Other Topics in This Section