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Renewing Your License in Pennsylvania

Renew Your Pennsylvania Driver's License

Having a valid driver's license is required to operate your vehicle in Pennsylvania, which means you'll need to renew it when the expiration date approaches. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) handles all driver's license renewal applications.

If you need specific details about renewing a different type of driver's license or permit, please visit our following pages:

Check Your PA Driver's License Status

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When to Renew Your PA Driver's License

Every 4 years, your PA driver's license will need to be renewed. If you are 65 years old or older, you have the option to renew every 2 years.

NOTE: If you moved to a new address, you can handle the address change at the same time as your renewal, or online beforehand. For more information, please see our Changing Your Address page.

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver's License

If you lost your PA driver's license and you know it will be expiring soon, you may be able to renew it instead of applying for a duplicate. To verify, you'll need to contact your local PA DOT office.

You can find more information on replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged driver's license on our Replacing a Lost License in Pennsylvania page.

Expired Driver's License

It is illegal to drive on an expired driver's license in Pennsylvania. PennDOT allows up to 6 months after your license expires to renew it without having to restart the driver's licensing process.

If you're not sure if your driver's license has expired and would like to check the status, you can obtain a copy of your Pennsylvania driving record.

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Renew Your Pennsylvania Driver's License

The Pennsylvania DOT will mail your renewal notice called the “Invitation to Renew" (Form DL60A/DL60R) approximately 3 months before your PA driver's license expires.

You can renew your PA driver's license online or in person at your local PennDOT office. To save time, make an appointment before you go.

NOTE: If you're a member of the military or a civilian temporarily living outside the state, you may be able to renew by mail (see “Out-of-State PA Residents & Military" below).

Online

You must meet all of the following criteria in order to renew your PA non-commercial driver's license online:

  • You do not have an out-of-state address listed on your driver's license.
  • You do not currently hold a PA driver's license without a photo.
  • Your PA driver's license has not been expired for more than 6 months.

If eligible, you will need to:

  • Visit the PennDOT Online Driver's License/Photo ID Login website.
  • Have your driver's license number ready.
  • Provide a credit or debit card for the renewal fee.
    • See “Fees to Renew Your PA Driver's License" below for more details.

In Person

To renew your PA driver's license in person, you'll need to visit your local PennDOT office and:

NOTE: If you changed your name, you'll need to provide additional documentation proving your identity. See our Changing Your Name page for more details.

Out-of-State PA Residents & Military

Notice for Military Members Stationed in Germany

If you are currently stationed in Germany, please be aware that some states require you to have a valid U.S. driver's license in addition to your USAREUR license. Read our article for more information.

You can renew your driver's license by mail if you plan to be outside of Pennsylvania, and you are either a:

  • Federal government employee.
  • State government employee.
  • Member of the U.S. armed forces (your family also qualifies).

You'll need a:

Mail everything to:

PennDOT
P.O. Box 68272
Harrisburg, PA 17106

NOTE: If you're a member of the armed forces and stationed outside the state for any length of time, you may find some helpful information on our Drivers in the Military page.

Fees to Renew Your PA Driver's License

The cost for renewing your PA driver's license and the renewal period will depend on your age:

  • Under 65 years old: $34.50, valid for 4 years.
  • 65 years old and older: $24, valid for 2 years.

Accepted Payment Methods

Depending on how you renew your driver's license, the PA DMV will accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash.
  • Check.
  • Money order.
  • Credit/debit card: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

NOTE: Online payments must be made by credit or debit card. Check or money orders are to be made payable to "PennDOT".

Be sure to contact your local PennDOT office for specific details on how to pay your fees.

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