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:
- You must complete the Form DL-180: Non-Commercial Learner's Permit Application.
- 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.
- Social Security Card or denial letter
- You must take the following documents to the Pennsylvania License Center:
- The completed DL-180
- Immigration documents (one of these):
- Valid I-20
- Valid DS-2019
- Two acceptable proofs of residency in Pennsylvania, such as:
- utility bills
- bank statement
- proof of on-campus housing
- lease, etc.
- 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.