How Internationals Can Get a Pennsylvania Driver's License

How To Get a PA Driver's License  -- First-Time PA License (or State ID)

Internationals and their spouses who have never had a driver's license or state ID in any state in the U.S. must take the following to the Pennsylvania Driver's License Center:

  1. You must complete the Form DL-180: Non-Commercial Learner's Permit Application
  2. A physician, physician assistant, certified registered nurse practitioner or chiropractor must conduct a physical examination and complete the second page (back) of the DL-180.  
  • Note: This is not required for a Pennsylvania State ID. 
  • Enrolled students and scholars who have purchased the Penn State Student Insurance Plan can get the physical exam at University Health Services (814) 863-0774.
  1. Social Security Card or denial letter
  2. You must take the following documents to the Pennsylvania License Center:
    • The completed DL-180
    • Passport
    • I-94
    • Immigration documents (one of these): 
      • Valid I-20
      • Valid DS-2019
      • EAD
      • I-797
    • Two acceptable proofs of residency in Pennsylvania, such as:
      • utility bills
      • bank statement
      • proof of on-campus housing
      • lease, etc.            
  3. A check or money order payable to PennDOT for the appropriate amount. (Cash is not accepted.) See PennDOT fees.

Internationals who do not qualify for a Pennsylvania Drive's License but who are in legal status in the U.S. can drive for one year with a valid foreign drive's license.  It is recommended that they also have an international driving permit.

Centre County PennDot Photo & Exam Center

The closest PennDOT Photo & Exam Center to University Park is located at:

812 West College 
Pleasant Gap, PA  16823

(On Route 26 outside of Pleasant Gap – past the Nittany Mall and Rockview Prison)

Centre County PennDOT Photo & Exam Center Hours of Operation

Photo License Center: Open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 4:15pm. They are open later on Thursdays, until 6:00pm.

Driver's License Center: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30am to 4:15pm.