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

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.


Pennsylvania License Points System

With a Pennsylvania driver's license comes great responsibility. That responsibility is monitered by PennDOT through the use of a points system for your license that allows the DOT to watch how you treat and respect your driver's license. The most common reason for points is a PA speeding ticket.

The points system can seem complicated at first, but as you begin to understand the basics it will be easier to grasp. The most important part to understand is that each violation listed on the points chart (HERE) carries points that get added to your driving record. These points range from 2 points up to 5 points for any single violation. For example a careless driving ticket carries 3 points if convicted. These points will be recoreded with pennDOT and saved on your record for a number of years depending on your number of violations. If you build up a number of points you can have your driving priveledge suspended.

Pennsylvania Speeding ticket points

How many points till I get suspended in PA?

Good question! – You will get suspended after your accumulate 6 points for the second time or 11 points for the first time. The license suspension lengths vary accoring to age, violations, and how frequently you accumulate points.

PENNDOT maintains a driving record for every licensed driver in Pennsylvania. Points are added to a driving record when a driver is found guilty of certain driving (moving) violations. The purpose of the point system is to help to improve driving habits and to ensure safe driving. If you are under the age of 18, this changes the point system drastically, and you may only get a total of 6 points and you could be facing license suspension.

You may also be required to take a special points exam if you get too many speeding tickets and points violations. This points exam is a test to reduce points and prove to PennDOT you know the rules of the road. I will cover more about the points exam in a later article on www.pa-license.com

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


With The New Year – Check Your Driving Record For Errors

Your Pennsylvania driving record contains every detail of what is reported to PennDOT about your driving history. This record is used by many different agencies and companies to asses the risk and quality of your life. The following list of parts of your life can be negativly impacted by having problems on your driving record, the problems can be avoided by checking your driving record once a year to prevent errors and a suspended license.

Auto Insurance

Denied Insurance ApplicationYou may already know that your auto insurance company will check your dirving record to determine how much they should charge for your insurance policy, and if they will even give you car insurance. Your auto insurance company can reject you and drop your auto insurance if you have certian violations on your driving record. Make sure you know what is reported to PennDOt and what is on your driving record by checking yearly.



Driving Job with a valid PA License

A poor driving record with frequent problems can also affect your job prospects. Many employers are tightinging criteria for employment with so many applicants, and any information the employer can gather will be used to make a choice. A driving record with recent violations, or severe issues will cause an employer to find you too much of a risk to hire. You may also be denied employment for minor violation if the insurance company for the employer finds even minor violations that will increase their risk.



Don't let college admissions offices pass on you for a poor driving record

Are you planning on applying to a college or trade school? Do they have an application process? Higher education in the US is getting much more competitive with more applicants and increased pressure to have each student succede so the school will look better to potential applicants. School administration is taking a longer and harder look into every aspect of your life prior to granting admission. Don't let a error on your dirving record prevent you from getting into your dream school, and don't take those little traffic tickets lightly. If the school admission office sees these violations you may be passed for the spot at your school of choice, stay on top of your driving record.



Poor driving can mean poor credit

That's right, creditors are using more information in creative ways to determine if you are worthy of credit, some creditors will pull a driving reocrd to see what type of person you are behind the wheel. If you have a lot of forgotten tieckts that resulted in a suspended license in Pennsylvania, the creditor will be less inclined to grant you credit and look at you as an increased risk for repayment. You don't want to be declined for that next new car because you forgot to pay a speeding ticket do you? Make sure that cred cards and mortgages are still available to you by checking your driving record at least once a year, and taking care of any problems with PennDOT right away. Don't let your license issues affect your credit too.


Love Life

Couple facing marriage questions due to license

Does your partner know everyting there is to know about you? What if you found out that your soulmate actually had a suspended drivers license? What else would they be hiding? These are the ideas that dating companies are exploring as they work to find the perfect match for each one of you. Some matchmaking services and dating sites will use your driving record as a basis fortheir background checks prior to making that match. Do you really want to miss the next dream date because PennDOT reported that you were driving without insurance last year? ….and it was a mistake! 


The best way to get your driving record is to contact PennDOT either by mail or online. You can request your full driving history by contacting the PA DMV on their website or mailing a DL-503 request for driving record form. The cost for a full driving history from PennDOT is $5 by mail or online. You can also go into your local Online Messinger or Tag Store and request the information there for an additional fee.

Every violation listed on your driving record can effect many aspects of your life, so keeping those notations off the record is an important goal. With the dropping of the ball in New York we will ring in 2012, and now is a great time to request your driving record to check for errors and violations that may be causing problems in your life you don't know exist. From your auto insurance rates to your next or current lover, your driving record is becomming a much bigger part of your life and you should know what it contains, and how to red that record.

Quick Tips for PA Photo ID Cards

PA Issued Photo ID card

You can get your government issues photo ID card at any PennDOT license center. The process is simple and quick once you have certian documents that will be needed. The biggest hurdle to getting your state issued ID card is proff of residency and age. The simple answer is that two forms of residency and two forms of ID are needed. You need to be a minimum of 10 years old to get a non-driver state issued photo ID card. This ID card can be used for any identification reasons inside the United States, and is accepted in most other countries.


For ID you will need your origional certified birth certificate. This document will have a raised seal. You can request a replacement PA birth certificate at:



Acceptable Forms of Identification for U.S. Citizens:
  •  Birth Certificate with raised seal (U.S. issued by an authorized government agency, including U.S. territories or Puerto Rico. Non-U.S. Birth Certificates will not be accepted.)
  •  Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (INS Form N-560)
  •  Certificate of Naturalization (INS Form N-550 or N-570)
  •  Valid U.S. Passport
NOTE: Only valid Passports and original documents will be accepted. If the name on your original document differs from your current name, you must  provide documentation that connects the names, such as an original Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, or Court Order document.
Acceptable List of Documents for Proof of Residency for Applicants 18 Years of Age or Older:
All documents must show the same name and date of birth, or an association between the information on the documents. Additional documentation may be required if a connection between documents cannot be established (e.g. Marriage Certificate, Court Order of name change, Divorce Decree, etc.)
  •  W-2 Form
  •  Current Weapons Permit
  •  Current Utility Bills (water, gas, electric, cable, etc.)
  •  Tax Records
  •  Lease Agreements
  •  Mortgage Documents
NOTE: For Current Utility Bills: Cellular/Mobile or Pager Bills are not acceptable. If you reside with someone, and have no bills in your name, you will  still need to provide two proofs of residency. One proof is to bring the person with whom you reside along with their Drivers License or Photo ID to the Driver License Center. You will also need to provide a second proof of residency such as official mail (bank statement, tax notice, magazine etc.) that  has your name and address on it. The address must match that of the person with whom you reside.


Firsthand Teen New License Experience

How learning to drive opened a whole new world for me.

In hindsight, if I knew how much learning to drive would change my life , I would not have put it off for as long as I did. I used to be perfectly happy walking or taking the bus and sometimes even hitching a ride with my parents and my friends. I applied for my PA drivers license only because a friend of mine was doing it as well. Getting a learners permit was easy enough and then my weekly lessons at driving school began. Having called shotgun for numerous rides and hence having watched my friends drive often , some parts of the whole driving process came quite naturally to me, like using the turn signals and how to hold the steering wheel. As the weeks went on, I felt my confidence building. The feeling of being in control of this car was surreal to say the least.

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Soon I couldn't wait for that driving test! I know TV and movies make it seem like this really daunting task with mean instructors but all my driving lessons gave me the confidence I needed to be calm and collected. I completed everything I was asked to do and soon I possessed a PA drivers license!

Suddenly, a whole new world opened up for me. Things that I had given up on before were now well within my reach. I had always wanted to join a

Two young kids driving gym but the one near my house was too expensive for me to afford. There was an affordable one , but it was too far away for me to walk to it everyday. Now with my license, I could drive to it at any time and there was ample place for all my gym stuff. My life no longer revolved around the bus schedule. I could go where I wanted at a time that was most convenient to me. The one thing that this license gave me was time. Time to spend with my friends instead of on the bus, time to help my siblings out when they need a ride instead of giving them the bus routes and most importantly time to enjoy the things I love the most instead of snatched moments because staying longer will make my walk back more tedious.

I guess I have my friend to thank for dragging me along to apply for my drivers license. Who knew filling in that form would change my life so drastically!