Licensing & State Laws
Pennsylvania's three-stage licensing process allows teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations, easing them into driving over an extended period of time. The learner’s permit and junior license stages are key steps.
- DMV Practice Questions – Take this sample test to determine if you’re ready to take the state driving test.
At age 17 and 6 months, teens are eligible for a full unrestricted license if they have held a junior license for 12 months, remained crash- and conviction-free and have taken a certified driver education course. Without driver education teens can get an unrestricted license at age 18. The state does not place night or passenger limits on those with unrestricted licenses. However, AAA encourages parents to maintain their own rules.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, through its Driver and Vehicle Services Program, is in charge of licensing for all drivers in Pennsylvania. The PADOT conducts the written exam and road test needed to get a driver’s license. It also provides study materials to help your teen get ready for the exams.
A parent-teen driving agreement can help you enforce licensing rules that the state and your family set. An agreement helps you and your teen understand the rules of the road and sends a clear message that driving is an earned privilege that your family takes seriously.
Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for more information.