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New Pennsylvania Residents

  • What do you need to do as a new resident driver in the state of Pennsylvania? Well, there are quite a few things that you should know.

    If you are new to the state and you plan to drive, you have 60 days from the time you establish residency to obtain a Pennsylvania drivers license. In order to apply, you must:

    • Submit your request in person at any DVS center.
    • Show proof of residency and the proper identification.
    • Surrender your out-of-state license if still valid (or expired within the previous six months).
    • Pay the required fee.

    Proper identification documents for U.S. citizens include (documents must be valid and original):

    • A birth certificate with a raised seal.
    • A certificate of U.S. citizenship or a certificate of naturalization.
    • A valid U.S. passport.
    • A U.S. Military ID card with photo.
    • A Pennsylvania drivers license or ID card.

    Documents that prove residency for U.S. citizen applicants 18 or older include:

    • Current utility bills
    • Tax records (including W-2 forms)
    • Leases
    • Mortgage documents
    • Current weapons permits

    Document information for non-U.S. citizens can be found here.

    More information for new residents can be found on the Pennsylvania State Driver and Vehicle Services website. You will need to learn about driving rules and regulations in Pennsylvania before getting your license. The driving courses found at are excellent sources for those who want to know about driving in a new state.

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