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, 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 or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out. Follow PennDOT on Twitter at


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!