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Best Times to Visit a Driver License Office

When planning for a trip to the driver license office, consider the best times to avoid long waits.

  • Mornings are generally less crowded than afternoons.
  • Mid-week is less crowded than Mondays or Fridays.
  • Any day before or after a holiday will likely be more crowded.
  • The first and last days of the month are often busy with customers conducting last minute business.
  • Center staff often go on lunch break starting around noon, leaving a reduced crew. Try to avoid the lunch hour.
  • You should arrive at least an hour before closing to finish all the paperwork and testing.
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Going to a PennDOT Office In Person

If you need some other service you must visit a branch office. You can find a PennDOT driver license office by clicking here. Enter your county or zip code in step 1, and check the service you need in step 2.

To apply for a Pennsylvania driver license or permit, you will have to bring along the required documents.

  • Proof of identity must be provided, with your original birth certificate which must have a raised seal.
  • your Social Security card and
  • If you are over 18, you must also provide 2 proofs of residency, with documents such as utility bills, mortgage or rental agreement.

Pennsylvania also has a special rule requiring all new drivers to complete a basic physical with their doctor, who will complete the required information on the application. Minors under the age of 18 will also use the parental consent form to show approval of their parent or guardian to drive.

Scheduling Appointments and Other Online Services

Pennsylvania DOT Appointments

Save time at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation by scheduling an appointment to take a driving test. Many other functions can also completed online. You may be able to skip an entire trip to the PennDOT office by following the links to complete certain transactions.