Renewing Your License in Pennsylvania

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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:

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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.

If you need to check the status of your driver's license renewal, contact the PA DOT.

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).


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:

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.

For active duty service members, your driver's license will stay valid during your absences from the state, AND for 45 days after you return to Pennsylvania or are discharged from the military.

If you choose, 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:

P.O. Box 68272
Harrisburg, PA 17106

Military Status Endorsement Card

While not required, military personnel and their dependents can opt to apply for a Military Status Endorsement Card, which ensures that your driving record remains valid in PennDOT's system during an extended absence from the state.

To apply for this card:

Send the above to the address on the form.

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: $30.50, valid for 4 years.
  • 65 years old and older: $25, valid for 2 years.
The fees will be higher if you have a motorcycle endorsement.

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 "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania".

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


Military Status Endorsement Card Application for Pennsylvania Drivers License - DL-176

Submit this form to PennDOT if you are an active member of the military OR are the spouse or child of a military member. Submission ensures your PA driving record remains valid while you're stationed out-of-state.

Out-of-State Address/Photo Exemption Form - DL-82

Use this form if you have grounds to use an out-of-state address AND/OR photo exemption when it comes to applying for a Pennsylvania driver's license.

Non-Commercial Drivers License Application For Renewal - DL-143

Submit this form when you need to renew your driver's license with the PA Department of Transportation. BBB Business Review

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