Getting Your Junior License

How do I get my junior license?

You will be eligible to apply for the driver license if:

  • You are at least 16 1/2 years old
  • You have had your learner’s permit for at least 6 months
  • You have a signed Certificate of Completion for the 65 hours of behind-the-wheel practice (Form DL-180C)

You do not need to take Aceable’s Pennsylvania Drivers Ed course in order to get a junior license. Only 65 hours of behind-the-wheel practice are needed (10 hours must be at night, 5 hours must be in bad weather).

What do I need to bring to PennDOT to get my junior license?

You’ll need to bring these items to PennDOT to get your junior license:

  • Your learner’s permit
  • Parent or Guardian Certification Form (Form DL-180C)
  • The valid registration card for the vehicle you will use for the driving test
  • Proof of insurance for the vehicle you will use for the driving test
  • The valid driver’s license of the person going with you to the Driver License Center

All items must be originals – no copies are accepted!

The Parent or Guardian Certification Form can be completed by your parent, guardian, person in loco parentis (who is 21 years of age or older) or spouse (who is 18 years of age or older). This shows to the Driver License Center that you really have completed all 65 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Whoever signs the form also needs to show proper ID when they come with to the Driver License Center. If they cannot come with you to the Driver License Center, then you can have that person sign the form in front of a notary.

How do I schedule my driving test?

You can schedule your driving test online or by calling Driver & Vehicle Services at 1-800-423-5542.

It is also possible to schedule your driving test with your school district if they offer the test. We recommend calling your school district to see if they are approved by PennDOT to administer the driving test.

There are also some driving schools approved under the End-of-Course Skills Testing Program with PennDOT to provide the driving test.

Can I take my driving test somewhere else besides at PennDOT?

You can schedule your driving test with your school district if they offer the test. We recommend calling your school district to see if they are approved by PennDOT to administer the driving test.

There are also some driving schools approved under the End-of-Course Skills Testing Program with PennDOT to provide the driving test.

What should I expect during my driving test?

Your driver license examiner will inspect the vehicle for these things:

  • Valid registration card
  • Current insurance
  • Valid state inspection sticker
  • Valid emissions sticker (if required)

They are going to check if your vehicle is in good working conditions and meet safety standards (lights, horn, brakes, windshield wipers, turn signals, mirrors, doors, seats, and tires). If it does not meet state inspection requirements, you won’t be able to take your driving test.

To see what they may test you on or fail you on, check out page 6 of the Pennsylvania Driver Manual.

What if I fail my driving test?

If you do fail, you can reschedule your driving test but you can’t retake your test for at least 7 days.

If you haven’t taken or passed your driving test within 3 years of your physical exam date (the part where you had to go to the doctor), you MUST start over with another Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application, have another physical exam, and retake the knowledge test.

What are the restrictions on a junior license?

  • You can’t drive between the hours of 11 PM and 5 AM without a parent, guardian, person in loco parentis (21 years or older) or spouse (18 years or older) as your front passenger
  • You cannot have more passengers in the vehicle than the number of seat belts
  • First 6 months: You cannot drive more than 1 passenger under the age of 18 who is not an immediate family member unless your parent(s) or guardian(s) is in the vehicle with you
  • After 6 months: You cannot drive more than 3 passengers under the age of 18 who is not an immediate family member unless your parent(s) or guardian(s) is in the vehicle with you. The limit only increases for those who have not been involved in a crash or have been convicted of any driving violation.

Exception: You can only drive alone between 11 PM and 5 AM if you are involved in public or charitable service, a member of a volunteer fire company, or employed during those hours. You’ll need to carry a notarized affidavit or certificate of authorization from your employer, supervisor, or fire chief with your schedule. Make sure to keep this with your driver license!

Be careful! Your license may be suspended until you are 18 or for a maximum of 90 days if:

  • You were in an accident and you were partially or fully responsible for it
  • You commit certain moving violations

Your license will be suspended for 90 days or 120 days if these situations happen:

  • You accumulate 6 or more points on your driver record
  • You were convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit

Remember, driving is a privilege!

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