You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a learner’s permit in Pennsylvania, but you can start fulfilling the physical exam and other pre-appointment requirements as early as 15 ½.
In this article, we’ll go through exactly how to get a learner’s permit and any requirements you need to know about.
You must be at least 16 years old to get a permit. If you are under 18 years old, your parent or guardian will have to give written consent for you to apply. This permission goes on the DL-180TD. They must sign it at the driver’s license office or in front of a notary.
You must also get a licensed physician to evaluate you according to the DL-180 form. If you have a medical condition that could seriously impair your ability to drive, you may be required to drive with a certified driving instructor as part of your permit restrictions.
You must provide proof of identity and birthdate, such as an original birth certificate and your social security card. These MUST be originals and fully legible. Photocopies will not be accepted! You will find a full list on your DL-180 form.
If you are over 18, you will also need to provide proof of residency. You can show utility bills, your lease, or bank
PennDOT recommends that you schedule an appointment to get your permit. While walk-ins are allowed, you will save time if you book an appointment in advance.
When you are ready, bring all the paperwork described above with you. Once all your paperwork is accepted, you will need to take a vision test and a knowledge test.
The written exam is a test of your knowledge of Pennsylvania laws, driver safety, and traffic signs. It consists of 18 multiple choice corrections, and you need to answer 15 or more correctly to pass. This is a pretty tiny margin for error!
If you fail your knowledge test, the examiner will return your application, and you can try again as early as the next day. You can not take the test more than once a day, even if you visit multiple testing sites.
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After passing the written knowledge test, you will receive your Pennsylvania learner’s permit, and it is valid for one year. There will also be a fee that you will need to pay.
You must ALWAYS drive with a valid license holder over the age of 21. In addition, there are other restrictions:
You can find the full list on Penndot.gov’s Teen Driver Page.
You must keep your driver’s permit for six months before you can apply for a Junior Driver’s License. If you are under 18, you also need:
We hope these instructions for getting your Pennsylvania learner’s permit have answered all of your questions. If you are looking for study aids to help you ace the written and driving exams, check out Zutobi’s summarized Pennsylvania Driver’s Handbook and practice tests!
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