Vehicle Code in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code

For information regarding the regulations and rules dealing with driver's licensing procedures, vehicle titling/registration processes, traffic laws and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) administration, the Pennsylvania vehicle code is the place to turn.

You can use the motor vehicle code to gain a deeper understanding of the rules that affect your driving privileges and determine whether or not you have grounds to fight a recent traffic ticket.

On this page you'll find information about accessing the vehicle code and what you can expect to find within it.

For specific information about your driver's license or vehicle registration, you should contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney.

Access the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code

The Pennsylvania transportation code website provides access to endless chapters of codes and laws explained in full legalese. The code will never be confused for light reading, but it nevertheless serves its purpose well as a massive source of definitive law information.

Any questions you have about why you received a traffic ticket are contained in the vehicle code. In fact, this is a great place to start if you want to build a case to fight a citation in court. The code can also answer very specific questions about, say, how big your car's tail lights need to be (in case you've ever wondered).

What the PA Vehicle Code Contains

All of the motor vehicle laws are contained in Title 67 under the name "Transportation." There are over a hundred chapters that cover topics including:

Oversize and overweight loads:

  • Permit requirements.
  • Penalties and enforcement.
  • Revocation and registration.

    Photographic driver's license:

    • Acceptable forms of identification.
    • Issuance of camera cards.
    • Fees.

    Ignition interlock:

    • Installation of ignition interlock system.
    • Removal of ignition interlock system.
    • Reissuance of ignition interlock restricted license.

    Temporary registration cards and plates:

    • Issuance of temporary registration plate.
    • Issuance of temporary registration cards.
    • Use of temporary registration plate.

    Antique and classic vehicles:

    • Definitions.
    • Application for antique or classic plates.
    • Expiration of antique plates.

    Odometer reading disclosure statements:

    • Ownership transfer document.
    • Exemptions for vehicles 25 years old or older.
    • Statement on ownership transfer document.

    Whatever your reason for looking into the Pennsylvania motor vehicle code, you'll likely find details about your specific situation.

    Check Your PA Driver's License Status

    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Pennsylvania driver's license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver's license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to PennDOT have on record. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

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