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.
If you need some other service you must visit a branch office. You can find a PennDOT driver license office by clicking here. https://www.dot3.state.pa.us/locator/locator.jsp#top?20140320234409134=20140320234409134 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. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/dl-180.pdf Minors under the age of 18 will also use the parental consent form http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/dl-180td.pdf to show approval of their parent or guardian to drive.
- To schedule a road test to earn a Pennsylvania driver’s license you can make an appointment with the online scheduling system. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/centers/OnlineServicesCenter.shtml
- A Pennsylvania driver’s license must be renewed http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/driverLicensePhotoIDCenter/renewNonCommercials.shtml every four years. You may renew in person at any PennDOT branch with the renewal notice you receive in the mail, or with the renewal form http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/dl-143.pdf If you are not making any changes or corrections to your license you may also renew easily online. https://www.dot4.state.pa.us/driver_services/dllogin.jsp#top?20140412132032481=20140412132032481
- For vehicle registration renewal, you can go online https://www.dot33.state.pa.us/vehicle_services/vrlogin.jsp#top?20140412132236671=20140412132236671 to complete the renewal process. Trailer registration renewal https://www.dot33.state.pa.us/vehicle_services/vrlogin.jsp#top?2014041213241264=2014041213241264 can also be completed online.
- For first time vehicle registrations you will need to provide your current Pennsylvania drivers license, a copy of your current insurance identification card and Form MV-1. This form is only available from authorized agents of PennDOT. New residents to Pennsylvania http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/new_residents/motor_vehicle.shtml must also go to a PennDOT office to register their vehicles.
- If your license has been lost or stolen you can request a duplicate http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/replacementCenter/replacingLicense.shtml through the mail by sending in the application. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/dl-80.pdf and applicable fees. Or you can simply go online https://www.dot3.state.pa.us/driver_services/dllogin.jsp#top?20140412134502485=20140412134502485 to order a replacement as long as your photo and signature are on file.
- To change your name http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/change_name/index.shtml on your license you will need to make a trip to a PennDOT office and present any legal documents proving name change along with the application. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/dl-901.pdf For a name change on a vehicle registration use form MV-41A. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/mv_forms/mv-41a.pdf
- If you have recently moved you can report a change of address online. https://www.dot3.state.pa.us/driver_services/dllogin.jsp#top?20140412135138520=20140412135138520 Change of address for vehicle registrations are also handled online. https://www.dot33.state.pa.us/vehicle_services/vrlogin.jsp#top?20140412135310371=20140412135310371
- To request a driver record, go online https://apps.pa.egov.com/idr and complete the required form.
Save time at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation by scheduling an appointment http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/centers/OnlineServicesCenter.shtml 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.