Renewing Your License in PennsylvaniaPage Overview
You'll need a current driver's license to legally operate a motor vehicle, so pay attention to the date that your license expires.
Of course, to drive you also need to maintain proof of financial responsibility. Carrying the appropriate level of auto insurance is the easiest way to do this. To find the best rates available in your situation, be sure to spend some time in our Insurance Center.
Your class C standard or class M motorcycle license will expire every 4 years. However, if you're 65 years old or older, you may renew every 2 years if you choose. You may renew:
- By mail.
See below for details about each method. Commercial drivers should visit our Renewing Your CDL page for information on their situation.
If you're unsure about your license status, you can always obtain a copy of your driving record.
Although you can't legally drive on an expired license, the state doesn't currently have any firm restrictions on how long you have to renew an expired license without facing additional consequences, so long as your license has not been suspended or revoked. But you may be issued a traffic ticket if you drive without a valid driver's license.
You should be able to renew your expired license by following the methods outlined below. If you need to check on your license status, you can always buy a copy of your driving record.
Dealing with a suspended license issues can be difficult. Ordering a copy of your driving record is one way to stay on top of things. Also, because your insurance rates are likely to rise, you should visit our Insurance Center to find some of the best deals around.
See our Suspended License page for information on how to reinstate your license, as well as the costs involved.
Just follow the instructions provided in our Replacing a Lost License page to obtain a duplicate or replacement license.
About 3 months before your license expires, you should receive a reminder notice, called the Invitation to Renew (Form DL60A/DL60R) in the mail. If you don't receive it, you should complete the Non-Commercial Driver's License/Identification Card/Learner's Permit Application to Renew/Replace/Change/Correct (Form DL-31) instead. You'll need either the completed renewal notice or form if you want to renew by mail.
You can renew your license up to 6 months before the expiration date.
You can't apply online if:
- You currently hold an out-of-state address on your PA license.
- Your current license doesn't have a photo.
- You don't have a valid American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or VISA credit card to pay the renewal fee.
Otherwise, you can renew by:
- Going to the renewal site.
- Entering your driver's license number.
- Entering your date of birth.
- Entering your Social Security number.
- Paying your renewal fee.
Within 14 days of completing the process, you should receive a camera card in the mail. Take it, along with your Social Security card and acceptable identification, to any Photo Center to have your new digitalized license processed.
Send either your completed renewal card or the Non-Commercial Driver's License/Identification Card/Learner's Permit Application to Renew/Replace/Change/Correct (Form DL-31) and your fee payment (check or money order) to the address indicated on your form.
Within 10 business days after processing, you should receive a camera card in the mail. Bring the card, along with your Social Security Card and acceptable identification, to any Photo Center to have your new digitalized license processed.
If you or an immediate family are currently enrolled in the armed forces, you don't need to maintain a current license, but be sure to always have proof of military status with you when driving. Within 45 days of returning to Pennsylvania or becoming inactive, you must renew your license. See our Drivers in the Military article for more information.
No matter your age or when your license expires, it's a good idea to keep your driving skills and safety practices at their best. You can do this by completing a traffic school course. And, it could save you money on your insurance. Talk to your provider about discounts, or do some shopping for another company in our Insurance Center that will offer those discounts.Other Topics in This Section