Applying for a Pennsylvania Driver's License

Applying for a Pennsylvania Driver's License


In order to apply for your Pennsylvania driver's license, you must first acquire a learner's permit. You must go to a Driver's License Center where you will be given a vision test and the written (knowledge) test, which you need to pass in order to qualify for the road (skills) test.

Study the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual (available from the International Education Office) well before taking your written test. Once you are ready for the test, take the following documents with you to the Driver's License Center:

  • The Non-Commercial Learner's Permit Application, Form DL-180 (attached inside the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual).
  • Complete the form and have a medical provider fill out the back of your DL-180. This can be done at the University Health Center for a $20 fee.
  • Your U.S. Social Security card.
  • Valid Passport.
  • All government documents as originals (e.g. your DS-2019/ I-20).
  • Written verification of attendance from school (Student Status only) or from your employer (Employment Status only).
  • Two of the following documents as a proof of your residency: Tax records, Mortgage documents, Lease agreements, W-2 form, Current utility bills etc.
  • A check or money order payable to PennDOT (the fee for a learner's permit and four-year license is $31).

Once you have the learner's permit, you may begin practicing driving. You must have a licensed PA driver (over the age of 21) in the front passenger seat while driving. You may take the road test whenever you have the necessary skills to complete it successfully. You must schedule the test with the Driver's License Center.

Nearby Driver's License Centers:

Berwick: 570-752-3994, 101B Mulberry and West 10th Streets, Berwick, PA 18603

Shamokin: 570-648-9008, Anthra Plaza, Rt. 901, Shamokin, PA 17872

Selingsgrove: 570-374-8320, 1015 Rt. 522, South Selinsgrove, PA 17870