Getting Your Permit

How do I get my permit?

You need to be at least 16 years old to get a permit. It’s impossible to get one before you are 16!

To prepare for your written test at the Driver License Center, we recommend taking Aceable’s Pennsylvania Drivers Ed course. In addition to that, you can study from the Pennsylvania Driver Manual. It is possible to finish the course and receive your certificate from us even before getting your permit. Your certificate is good for insurance discounts and for getting your senior license at 17 ½ years old.

When you’re at the Driver License Center, you’ll do a vision screening and take your knowledge test. If you pass both and all of your documents check out, you will be given a learner’s permit which is valid for 1 year.

What do I bring to PennDOT for my permit?

You’ll need to bring these items to the Driver License Center to get your permit:

The permit application fee includes the fee for getting your Junior Driver’s License. The breakdown is $5 for the Class C permit and $30.50 for the Class C Driver’s License.

Examples of acceptable proof of date of birth and proof of identification are listed on the second page of the Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application.

Proof of residency is not required if you are 16 and 17 years of age.

For your Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application, you will need to get a physical examination. Bring it to your physician and have them complete the Physician’s Report of Examination section. Your application can be completed no earlier than 6 months before your 16th birthday. It expires 1 year from the date of your physical examination.

Your Parent or Guardian Consent 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). Whoever signs the form also needs to show proper ID when they come with to the Driver License Center. If their last name is different from yours, they will need to show verification of relationship somehow. 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.

Can I drive alone with a permit?

No. Absolutely not! When you have your permit, you are only allowed to drive with these people in the front passenger seat:

  • A licensed driver at least 21 years of age
  • A parent or guardian
  • A person in loco parentis
  • A spouse who is at least 18 years of age and licensed with the same or higher class vehicle that appears on your learner’s permit

There aren’t any curfews since you are under the supervision of an adult.

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