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Coronavirus

In response to COVID-19, PennDOT has implemented a variety of operational changes. Details about those changes can be found below, along with frequently asked questions on each change.

Download a summary of PennDOT's COVID-19 response (PDF).

For full information on Pennsylvania's response to COVID-19, visit the Department of Health's coronavirus resource page or the Commonwealth guide.

Driver and Vehicle Services

Starting May 8, 2020, some Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We are also offering designated hours for customers 60 and older. See the FAQ's below for more information on open locations, available services and safety protocols.

As PennDOT reopens Driver License and Photo License Centers, services will be in high demand, and customers should expect longer than normal waits. PennDOT staff will work with each customer when they arrive to plan their visit, with additional staff serving as greeters to screen documents and provide information for a smooth and safe transaction as possible. PennDOT apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates customers' understanding during this transition.

Customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via our website: www.dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

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Commercial Drivers

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REAL ID

Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration. PennDOT made the decision to pause REAL ID issuance in the Commonwealth out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health.

If a customer was planning to get a REAL ID at one of these locations and their license is nearing expiration, they can renew their license or ID and get a standard, “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES” product. When REAL IDs become available in these locations again, these customers can return to the site and upgrade to a REAL ID. Because renewal is also built into the REAL ID process, the customer will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver's license or a photo ID). The expiration date of the initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on the current license or ID card, plus an additional four years, unless you are over 65 and have a two-year license. Customers won't “lose” time that they've already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

Also, a reminder that if a customer received their FIRST Pennsylvania driver's license, learner's permit or photo ID card AFTER September 2003, we may already have your required REAL ID documentation on file. If a customer falls into this category and would like PennDOT to verify that your required REAL ID documentation is on file, they can visit our website and apply for REAL ID pre-verification. If the documents are on file, these customers may obtain their REAL ID online and do not need to visit a driver license center at all.

We truly apologize for any inconvenience.


Construction and Maintenance

Due to Governor Wolf's statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts, all PennDOT district and county maintenance offices were closed.

On March 31, 2020, PennDOT announced that 61 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects would be active statewide. Subsequently, PennDOT announced activation of 47 more critical highway and bridge projects on April 20, 2020, and then 60 more critical projects on April 27, 2020. Effective May 1, 2020, nearly all remaining highway and bridge projects can be active in accordance with Governor Wolf's April 23, 2020, order to allow in-person construction operations to resume on May 1.

Lists of March 31 and April 20 Projects

List of April 27 Projects

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Public Transportation

Please check local transit agencies and Amtrak's website for up-to-date information.

Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) 

All motorcycle training clinics through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) have been postponed until further notice in response to Governor Tom Wolf's mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19. Future course scheduling will also not be available during this time.  Additionally, Motorcycle Safety Kick-Off Day 2020, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020, has been canceled. 

For more information about rider safety please visit www.pamsp.com. If you have further questions please contact us at msp-info@pa.gov.

Administrative Docket

In response to COVID-19, Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian has issued an order waiving certain filing restrictions for administrative appeals. The Administrative Docket will accept electronic transmission of filings, including but not limited to, a request for a hearing, subsequent correspondence, briefs, pleadings, or other documents relating to a case, during the emergency period. All administrative appeals and filings can be sent electronically to ra-pdDOTAdminDocket@pa.gov.

Service of Original Process

Pursuant to the orders issued by the Governor and the Secretary of Health, the physical office of the PennDOT's Chief Counsel is currently closed in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. PennDOT will not accept service of subpoenas and original process by mail. PennDOT will waive personal service for it and its employees only if a subpoena, complaint, or writ is emailed to RA-PDOCCEXECUTIVE@pa.gov. Other legal documents received by PennDOT will be treated as correspondence or notice prerequisite to suit per 42 Pa. C.S. 5522, as appropriate. This policy is intended to be temporary and may be rescinded at any time.