PA Learners Permit


  • After successfully completing a physical examination, vision screening and knowledge test, young drivers may begin behind-the-wheel practice. Basic driving skills and safe habits are developed under adult supervised conditions. Requirements under the law include:

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  • Six months of learning: A six-month skill-building period to practice and gain experience is required before a young driver may take the road test for a junior license.


  • Supervising adult for permit holder must be at least 21: An experienced, licensed driver aged 21 or older must accompany the young driver at all times.


  • 65 hours of adult-supervised skill building, including no less than 10 hours of nighttime driving and five hours of bad weather driving:  A parent or guardian must certify with form DL-180C  that the young driver’s six months of skill building included at least 65 hours of practical, adult-supervised driving experience.


  • Passenger limitation: The number of passengers must not exceed the number of seat belts in the vehicle. This applies to all drivers under age 18. 

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  • Learner’s permit valid for one year: The learner’s permit will be valid for one year with extensions for those requiring more practice time.


  • Required sanctions for high-risk drivers under age 18: A young driver’s permit will be suspended for 90 days if he or she accumulates six or more points or is convicted of a single high-speed violation (driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit).

After you have completed your driver training and studies the driver handbook, then it is time to complete your Pennsylvania Driver's License Application!