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:
- Commercial driver's license (CDL) renewals
- Identification cards
- Driver's permits
- Motorcycle licenses
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.
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.
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).
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.
To renew your PA driver's license in person, you'll need to visit your local PennDOT office and:
- Provide your Invitation to Renew (Form DL60A/DL60R) OR complete the Non-Commercial Driver's License Application For Renewal (Form DL-143).
- Have your photograph taken.
- Show your Social Security card.
- Present proof of identification (i.e., PA driver's license, ID card, passport).
- Submit payment for the driver's license renewal fee.
- See “Fees to Renew Your PA Driver's License" below.
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.
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:
- Completed Non-Commercial Driver's License Application For Renewal (Form DL-143).
- Completed an Out-of-State Address/Photo Exemption (Form DL-82).
- Letter from your employer on their letterhead indicating your status.
- Check or money order payable to PennDOT for your driver's license fee (see “Fees to Renew Your PA Driver's License" below).
Mail everything to:
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.
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:
- 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.