Learner's Permit Checklist in Pennsylvania

Learner's Permit Checklist

How to Get Your Pennsylvania Junior Learner's Permit

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Enroll in a state-approved Driver's Ed course (optional)*
  • Complete a practice test (optional)**
  • Make an appointment with your local PennDOT office

**How Prepared Are You for the DMV Exam?

Reading the PA driver handbook is helpful, but to ace your written permit exam, it's probably not enough—70% of applicants fail their first exam attempt even after having used traditional study methods.

Give yourself a head start. Utilize a multiple-choice online practice test, and walk into the DMV as prepared as can be!

* Completion of Driver's Ed isn't required until you're ready for your full driver's license. But it's a good idea to get a head start by enrolling now, so that you're ready to go when it's time to graduate from your permit to your license!

Bring to the PA driver license center:

* See below for a list of acceptable documents

At the DMV...

  • Submit the required documents listed above
  • Pass your written knowledge exam
  • Pass a vision test
  • Pay the $41.50 permit fee

List of Acceptable Documents

Proof of Identity

If you are a U.S. citizen, you must provide 1 document:

  • Original birth certificate with raised seal.
  • Valid U.S. passport.
  • Certificate of Citizenship.
  • Certificate of Naturalization.

If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you must bring ALL of the following:

  • All original immigration documents.
  • Valid passport from country of origin.
  • Written verification of EITHER:
    • Employment status from employer
    • Attendance status from school.

Proof of Residency

Present 2 documents (for applicants 18 years old or older):

  • Lease or mortgage agreement
  • W-2 form
  • Tax records
  • Current utility bill

All residency documents must display BOTH your name and address.

If you do not have any bills addressed to you, but you live with someone else, you may bring the person with whom you reside to show their driver's license or ID card, AND provide a piece of mail with your name and address. Both addresses must match.

For more details, see the bottom of the application form.


Parent or Guardian Consent Form
Completing this form gives a minor in your care consent to apply for their PA driver's license. Must be signed in the presence of a notary OR PennDOT driving examiner.
Non-Commercial Learners Permit Application
Application for a non-commercial PA learner's permit.
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