2017 PennDOT Online Services

The PennDOT online Services have improved for 2017 – you can complete a number of your needs through the online portal.

Pay your Restoration Fee
Request your Driver’s History
Renew your Driver’s License
Change your address

A majority of functions can now be completed online for PennDOT license centers. You can request your driving record and restoration letter if facing license suspension. You can also renew your registration through the Contact PennDOT Website.

The majority of what you do online will happen very fast and even be available to print right away. Updated registrations and driver’s license products could be temporary with the final products arriving in the mail. This could save hours of sitting and waiting in line during some location busy times.

If you still need more info about your driver’s license – Contact PennDOT

If you need more help with a PA suspended license

PennDOT Holiday Hours Christmas 2012

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers hours and holiday schedule – Closed Christmas, New Year’s

Make sure you plan early if your license is about to expire. The holiday schedules are approaching and you can expect delays and longer than normal wait times as vacations pull regular employees away from their jobs.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)  announced that all PennDOT driver license centers and photo ID centers, including its full-service customer counter in Harrisburg, will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday.

License and ID customers may still obtain a variety of  Pennsylvania driver and vehicle registration products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Pennsylvania driver and vehicle online services are available 24/7,  and include PA driver’s license and photo identification renewals; PA vehicle registration; PennDOT driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license restoration fee or vehicle financial responsibility restoration fee; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

PennDOT would like to remind motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any mobile phone and check traffic conditions before heading out on the road.


PA Voter ID Requirements & Application

With the new Pennsylvania Voter ID Law you need to know exactly how to get a current Non-Driver Photo ID card from PennDOT. The cost for this new Photo ID will range from free for some residents, to $13.50 for most others. If you have a valid Pennsylvania driver's license, you do not need a new photo ID card unless your license has been expired for more than 12 months.

Find your 2012 PA photo ID card app for the new Votor Id requirements here.

If a voter does not POSSESS PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING PURPOSES as defined at section 102(z.5)(2) of the Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. § 2602(z.5)(2)) and requires proof of identification for voting purposes, the following applies:

You must declare under oath or affirmation by completing the Oath/ Affirmation Voter ID form that you do not possess any of the following forms of identification: In particular,

-Identification issued by the United States Government that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.*

– Identification issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired (unless issued by the Department of Transportation, then the expiration of the identification cannot be more than 12 months past the expiration date).

– Identification issued by a municipality of this Commonwealth to an employee of that municipality that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.

– Identification issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.

– Identification issued by a Pennsylvania care facility that includes my name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired.

*In the case of a document from an agency of the armed forces of the United States or their reserve components, including the Pennsylvania National Guard, that establishes the voter as a current member or a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard and that does not designate a specific date on which the document expires, the document must include a notation indicating that the expiration is indefinite.

$13.50 fee for acquiring an Identification Card will be waived for individuals completing the Oath/ Affirmation Voter ID form. All identification documentation is still required to obtain an Identification Card as follows:

To obtain a Pennsylvania Photo Identification card, an individual needs to visit a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Driver License Center with a completed Application for an Initial Photo Identification Card; formDL-54A, and the following: 

Social Security Card
One of the following:

  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • *Birth Certificate with a raised seal


  • Two proofs of **residency such as lease agreements, current utility bills, mortgage documents, W-2 form, tax records


*If they do not have a birth certificate with a raised seal and are a Pennsylvania native; and do not have one of the acceptable, alternative forms of photo identification to vote; and will provide a signed oath/affirmation form, when visiting the PennDOT driver license center, they must:


  • Tell the PennDOT customer service representative they are a Pennsylvania native who needs a photo ID for voting purposes, and do not have a certified copy of their birth certificate;
  • Sign an oath/affirmation that they do not have an acceptable form of ID for voting purposes and the photo ID is needed for voting purposes;
  • Show a Social Security card and two proofs of residence, such as a deed, lease, tax bill, or utility bill;
  • Fill out a DL-54A form requesting a non-driver photo ID and;
  • Complete the HD01564F (Request for Certification of Birth Record for Voter ID Purposes Only) form, which collects information such as birth name, mother and father's name and place of birth. This Department of Health form is available at all Driver Licensing Centers.


PennDOT will then forward the completed form to the Department of Health, which maintains birth records. After verifying the birth record is on file, the Department of Health will securely transmit this information to PennDOT. PennDOT will then notify them by letter that their birth record has been confirmed. They may then return to any driver license center, with the above noted documentation, to receive your free photo ID for voting purposes. This verification process will take about ten days and does not require the payment of a fee.

**Students at least 18 years of age: Accepted proofs of residency include the room assignment paperwork (considered a lease) and one bill with their dorm room address on it. Bank statements, paystubs and credit card bills are all acceptable. Other Individuals who may not have any bills, leases or mortgage documents in their name may bring the person with whom they are living along with their Driver’s License or Photo ID to a driver license center as one proof of residence.

Step 2
When their application and supporting documentation have been reviewed and processed, a Driver License Center staff member will direct the applicant to the Photo Center to have their photo taken for their Photo ID card.

Step 3
Once their photo has been taken, they will be issued a Photo ID card.

PennDOT Is Hiring – Job Listing for DOT Winter Jobs

The Department of Transportation sponsors an extensive WINTER MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (WMP) for temporary equipment operators, mechanics, and tradesman helpers. Our WMP runs from September through early April to supplement our permanent workforce. All listed hourly rates will be effective July 1, 2012. 


These Pennsylvania state jobs range from $12.25/hr to $17.55/hr and require a varying degree of skill.

Transportation Equipment Operators (TEO) – The hourly pay rate will be $13.81 *Please Note: In Districts 4-0, 5-0, 6-0, 8-0 and Allegheny County only, the hourly rate will be $16.55. TEOs are hired in most of our 67 counties. Most TEOs are hired full-time during the winter months to assist with snow removal. Some TEOs are hired on a standby (as needed) basis. Requirements for TEOs positions include, possession of a valid PA Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the Air Brake restriction lifted AND six months of experience in the operation and maintenance of single-chassis trucks with a gross vehicle weight of between 17,000 and 32,000 pounds and/or construction and maintenance equipment such as rollers, tractor-maintainers, and front-loaders or hi-lifts. All candidates will be subject to a driving skills test in a manual transmission vehicle as part of the interview process. Selected candidates will need to successfully complete a one-week standard, temporary certification program for truck and loader. Operators will also be required to obtain a Tanker (N) endorsement after they are hired.

Automotive Mechanics – (Hourly rate – $15.55) – Automotive Mechanics are hired in some Counties to assist with the repair of equipment. Candidates must possess a PA Official Motor Vehicle Inspection Mechanic Certificate and a valid PA Commercial Driver's License (CDL). In addition, candidates must have four years of experience in the automotive mechanic trade; or completion of an approved apprenticeship.

Tradesman Helpers – (Hourly rate – $13.81) – Tradesmen Helpers are hired in several Counties to assist the mechanics with the repair of equipment. No previous experience is required.

Clerks – (Hourly rate – $12.25) – Clerks are hired in many Counties to operate the radios to dispatch operators during snowstorms. Many of these positions are night shift work. No previous experience is required.

Clerk Typists – (Hourly rate – $12.25) – Clerk Typists are hired to assist with clerical and typing duties. Candidates must pass a typing test (requirements are typing at 40 WPM). Only a few are hired for this program.

Welders – (Hourly rate – $15.55) – Welders are hired in a few Counties to perform a variety of skilled trades duties in the repair of parts, structural welding of bridge members; repairs to frames on equipment, hitches, plows; fabricates repair parts and body parts for a variety of applications. The employee must lift and carry parts and supplies up to 50 pounds for at least 20 yards; use wrenches, hammers, grinders, torches, and arc welders. Welders are required to have and maintain a Class C driver's license or a driver's license (Class A or B) that permits them to operate a class C vehicle.

Semi Skilled Laborers – (Hourly rate – $13.81) – Semi-Skilled Laborers are hired in very few Counties to perform as a mechanic's helper and assist with building maintenance. Examples of work include: Performing small repairs such as lube jobs, light repairs and tire changes, cleaning and painting equipment, and janitorial duties such as sweeping, cleaning, and shoveling snow.

Stock Clerks – (Hourly rate – $12.25) – Stock Clerks are hired to assist in maintaining and distributing supplies.

Custodial Workers – (Hourly rate – $12.25) – Custodial Workers are hired to provide custodial support within and outside the roadside rest facility to ensure its operations are conducted efficiently and effectively.


Employees may be required to work off hours or nightshifts and will NOT receive benefits. However, after 750 hours of working in a calendar year, employees will accumulate vacation and sick leave. As permanent vacancies occur, they are posted within the County. Temporary employees (either currently working or with less than one year break in service) will have the right to bid and be selected for permanent vacancies that occur in the same or lower level classification within the class series within the seniority unit. Selections will be made in accordance with existing union contract requirements. All potential candidates for TEO and mechanic classifications are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations that require pre-employment Drug Test and Random Drug and Alcohol Tests (if employed). In addition, candidate's driver records will be checked for verification of license information.


TEOs, Mechanics, and Tradesman Helpers – Employees may be required to perform outdoor work and have periods of heavy exertion. Employees work under a variety of adverse weather conditions such as extreme cold, heat, rain, wind, snow, or ice; exposure to greases, petroleum products and fumes, solvents, welding products, and fumes; potential injuries such as bruises, cuts, scrapes, sprains, and strains. Duties require repetitive actions and motions such as grasping, reaching, twisting, pushing and pulling. Employees may be required to understand and follow verbal and written instructions, lift and carry various items, observe and react to hazard warnings, back-up alarms, flashing lights, voice commands, and hand signals. In addition, employees may be required to wear appropriate protective gear (hard hats, protective shoes, aprons, gloves, and/or eye wear), be able to use shovels to dig or spread material, use rakes, hammers, picks, chain saws, wrenches, jackhammers, levels, trowels, and screwdrivers.

You can find the list of jobs and information on how to apply at the state site.

License Center Holiday Hours 2012

Take note that PennDOT Driver License & Photo Centers Closed Independence Day  Wednesday July 4th – 06/25/2012

Make sure you are planning your holiday schedule taking into account the PennDOT License Center holiday closings and hours. Because July 4th falls on a Wednesday you can expect heavy traffic on Tuesday and Thursday of the shortened week. Drivers looking to renew their license prior to going away on vacation also need to remember that most driver license centers are closed on Mondays, so all business will need to be conducted on Tuesday.

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us. Or you can visist us here 

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day,seven-days-a-week and include driver's license and photo ID renewals; vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license restoration fee or vehicle financial responsibility restoration fee; and exam scheduling.  There are no additional fees for using online services.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2012 is available on the website under "News, Stats and Facts." PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out. Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews.


New Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Course Offered For Free To Licensed Residents


New Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Course Offered For Free To Licensed Residents

It’s spring and motorcycles can once again be seen on the roads. As the warmer weather hits, you may be ready to experience the thrills and freedom a motorcycle license will allow. There are no better tips that taking a free course, provided by the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. This course will not only allow experienced riders to brush up on their skills, the safety course will allow new drivers to go from a motorcycle learners permit, to a full motorcycle license upon successful completion.

With spring's arrival, PennDOT would like to remind motorcyclists of all skill levels that Pennsylvania residents with a motorcycle license or learner’s permit can take a free course to enhance their riding skills through the 2012 Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP).

PA Motorcycle test

The Motorcycle Safety Class offers courses for new and experienced riders at approximately 69 locations across the state of Pennsylvania. Motorcycle Safety Classes are offered through October. A full schedule is available online.

"We are committed to helping riders meet the challenges and demands of operating a motorcycle by helping them improve their safety knowledge and riding skills 

through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "There is no substitute for proper training and technique when it comes to riding a motorcycle. These free safety courses are a great foundation in learning how to handle motorcycles in all types of road and weather conditions, and in making the roadways a little safer for everyone."

For more information on any of the following motorcycle courses, or to enroll in a motorcycle course listed here,please visit www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533, Monday through Friday, between 8 A.M. and 12 P.M.

The new safety course for the 2012 riding season is

Advanced Rider Course (ARC), a one-day motorcycle training session modeled after a military training course for licensed motorcyclists who wish to enhance their safety skills through attitude and enhanced awareness. The motorcycle safety course provides a minimum of 3.5 hours of classroom instruction and 4.5 hours of practical riding experience and will be offered at 12 course locations throughout Pennsylvania. Participants in the advanced motorcycle safety course are required to use their own motorcycle.

Entering its second year, the

3-Wheeled Motorcycle Basic Rider Course (3WBRC), will again be offered in Butler, Lehigh and York counties. The 12-hour course includes four hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of practical riding experience. Students must provide their own three-wheeled motorcycle and protective gear.

The 15-hour Basic Rider Course (BRC) consists of five hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding experience. It provides valuable training for new riders and gives experienced riders the opportunity to polish their skills and correct any unsafe riding habits they may have developed.

Students taking the BRC are provided with a motorcycle and helmet; however, students are responsible for providing all other protective gear.

The six-hour Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) allows skilled riders to refresh their safety knowledge and hone their on-road skills. Riders taking the BRC2 are permitted to carry a passenger while practicing balance and steering techniques in a controlled environment. Students taking the BRC2 must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear.

Free to Pennsylvania Residents!

All PAMSP courses are free to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or full motorcycle license. All motorcycle training courses are conducted on a riding range, under the management of certified rider coaches.

Pennsylvania Motorcycle learner's permit holders who successfully complete a course will be issued a motorcycle license. Those who successfully pass their skills test on a three-wheeled motorcycle will only be issued a motorcycle license with a “9” restriction, meaning they are prohibited from operating a two-wheeled motorcycle.

You may apply for your motorcycle learner’s permit at any PennDOT license center in Pennsylvania.

PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers Closed for Presidents Day

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including the license centers in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of the Presidents Day holiday. Make sure you take care of any license related taskes prior to these dates to avoid delay becauseof the holiday or congestion at the license center as people try to catch up from the reduced PA license center holiday hours.

If you still need to take care of driver's license business you can complete some operations on the PennDOT DMV website as usual. You can renew your license, pay a suspended license restoration fee, or update your address or schedule a learner's permit and license test.


There are no additional fees for using online services, and these services will happen instantly in most cases.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings and hours for 2012 is available at each license center information page