You will need to take and pass the following three (3) tests to get your Pennsylvania license : Vision Test, Knowledge Test and Road Tests.
When you go to the Driver License Center to apply for license, your vision will be tested. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please bring them with you. You will then take the Knowledge Test on signs, laws, driving rules and safe practices described later in the driver's manual. After passing the Knowledge Test, the examiner will give you a learner's permit which is valid for one (1) year. When you receive your learner's permit, you may begin to practice driving.
If you fail the knowledge test, the examiner will return the Non-Commercial Learner's Permit Application and your Parent or Guardian Consent Form to you. You may take the knowledge test only one time on any day regardless of test location.
If you are under the age of 18, you are required to complete at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel skill-building before taking your Road Test. This training will help teach you the skills necessary to become a good, safe driver.
After you have waited the mandatory 6 months from your permit issue date and have a signed certificate of completion for the 50 hours of skill-building, you may take your Road Test. If your learner's permit expires or if you do not pass your Road Test after three (3) tries, you may obtain an Application to Add/Extend/Replace/Change/Correct Non-Commercial Learner's Permit
The Knowledge Test will measure your knowledge of traffic signs, Pennsylvania's driving laws and safe driving practices. The Knowledge Test can be given in oral form and in Spanish, upon request, at all Driver License Centers across the Commonwealth. If you fail the knowledge portion of the driver's test, you will be permitted to retake the test the following business day. This test needs to be successfully completed before you can receive a valid learner's permit.
The Knowledge or Learner's Permit Test will consist of 18 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer 15 questions correctly to pass the test.
Road Test - After you have received your valid learner's permit, you may go to any Driver License Center to take your Road Test unless you are under the age of 18.
If you are under the age of 18 and fail the Road Test, you will be required to wait seven (7) days before you can retake the Road Test. This delay in retaking the test will give you time to practice and to improve your driving skills.You have three (3) chances with each learner's permit to pass the Road Test before the permit’s expiration date. After the third failure, you must reapply to extend your learner’s permit.
If you do not pass your Road Test after three (3) tries or if your learner's permit expires, you may obtain an Application to Add/Extend/Replace/Change/Correct Non-Commercial Learner's Permit. If you have not taken or successfully completed the Road Test within three (3) years of your physical examination date, you MUST start over with another Non-Commercial Learner's Permit Application and retake the Knowledge Test.
Class of Licenses
Class A (minimum age 18)
Class B (minimum age 18):
Class C (minimum age 16):
Class M (minimum age 16):
Pennsylvania DMV Drivers' License Info & Resources: