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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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Which Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers are open?

All driver license and photo centers, including its Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Motor vehicle counter services at the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center will also be closed Friday, July 3.

The following Driver License Centers are open with limited services:

PLEASE NOTE: All driver license and photo centers will be closed Friday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth National Freedom Day

Hours of operation at all Driver License Centers listed below will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.

  • Allison Park Driver and Photo License Center, 1701 Duncan Avenue, Allison Park;
  • Altoona Driver and Photo License Center, 1738 A 9th Avenue, Altoona;
  • Beaver Falls Driver and Photo License Center, 2580 Constitution Boulevard, Beaver Falls;
  • Bradford Driver and Photo License Center, 68 Chestnut St, Bradford;
  • Bridgeville Driver and Photo License Center, 1025 Washington Pike, Route 50 Bridgeville;
  • Butler Driver and Photo License Center, 356 Point Plaza, Butler;
  • Carlisle Driver and Photo License Center, 950 Walnut Bottom Road, Suite 13, Carlisle;
  • Chambersburg Driver License Center, 1320 Lincoln Highway East, Chambersburg;
  • Clearfield Driver and Photo License Center, Clearfield Mall, 1800 Daisy Street. Unit 380, Clearfield;
  • Erie Driver and Photo License Center, 7200 Peach Street, Suite 480, Erie;
  • Gettysburg Driver and Photo License Center, 37 North 4th Street, Gettysburg;
  • Greensburg Driver and Photo License Center, 770 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg;
  • Hazleton Driver License Center, 1052 South Church Street, Hazleton;
  • Johnstown Driver and Photo License Center, 563 Walters Avenue, Johnstown;
  • Lebanon Driver License Center, 900 East Old Cumberland Street, Lebanon;
  • Lewistown Driver and Photo License Center, 13217 Ferguson Valley Road, Yeagertown;
  • Meadville Driver and Photo License Center, 16942 Patricia Drive, Meadville;
  • Mercer Driver and Photo License Center, 519B Greenville Road, Mercer;
  • Monroeton Driver and Photo License Center, 60 Chiola Lane, Suite 101, Towanda;
  • New Castle Driver and Photo License Center, 973 Old Youngstown Road, New Castle;
  • New Kensington Driver and Photo License Center, 1600 Greensburg Road, New Kensington;
  • Penn Hills Driver and Photo License Center, 11620 Keleket Drive, Penn Hills;
  • Pittsburgh Driver and Photo License Center, 708 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh. Hours of operation for the downtown Pittsburgh location will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.
  • Punxsutawney Driver and Photo License Center, 547 West Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney;
  • Rockview Driver and Photo License Center, 812 West College Avenue, Pleasant Gap;
  • Schuylkill Haven Driver License Center, 972 East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven;
  • Selinsgrove Driver and Photo License Center, 1015 Route 522, Selinsgrove;
  • Snydersville Driver License Center, 4218 Manor Drive, Snydersville;
  • Somerset Driver and Photo License Center, 5593 Glades Pike, Somerset;
  • Summerdale Driver and Photo License Center, 429 North Enola Road, Enola;
  • Uniontown Driver and Photo License Center, 855 N Gallatin Avenue Uniontown;
  • Washington Driver and Photo License Center, 250 Oak Spring Road, Washington;
  • Wilkes-Barre Driver License Center, 1085 Hanover Street, Wilkes Barre;
  • Williamsport Driver and Photo License Center, 1782 East Third Street, Williamsport; and
  • York Driver and Photo License Center, 2130 South Queen Street, York.

The following driver license centers will reopen with limited services beginning Friday, June 5:

  • Reading Driver License Center, 530 East Lancaster Avenue, Suite 5, Shillington;
  • Dublin Driver License Center, 161 North Main Street, Dublin;
  • Bensalem Driver License Center,4201 Neshaminy Boulevard, Suite 131, Bensalem;
  • Malvern Driver License Center, 225 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern;
  • Granite Run Driver License Center, 1097 West Baltimore Pike, Media;
  • Dunmore Driver License Center, 81 Keystone Industrial Park, Dunmore;
  • Lancaster Regency Square Driver License Center, 131 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster;
  • Lancaster East Driver License Center, 2090 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster;
  • Lehigh Valley Driver License Center, 1710 Hoover Ave, Allentown;
  • Whitehall Driver License Center, 1101 MacArthur Road, Allentown;
  • Huntingdon Valley Driver License Center, 2022 County Line Road, Huntingdon Valley;
  • Norristown Driver License Center, 1700 Markley Street, Suite 30, Norristown;
  • King of Prussia Driver License Center, 143 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia;
  • Easton Driver License Center, 2473 Nazareth Road, Easton;
  • Arch Street Driver License Center, 801 Arch Street, Philadelphia;
  • South 70th Street Driver License Center, 2904 South 70th Street, Unit 8, Philadelphia;
  • Whitman Plaza Driver License Center, 330 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia;
  • West Oak Lane Driver License Center, 7121 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia; and
  • Lawndale Driver License Center, 919-B Levick Street, Philadelphia.

Starting May 29, the Riverfront Office Center at 1101 South Front Street in Harrisburg will be open for motor vehicle services only. The Driver License and Photo License Centers located at the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center will remain closed, and customers will be temporarily redirected to our Summerdale Driver and Photo License Center, 429 North Enola Road, Enola.

The Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center will be open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM will be designated for customers 60 years or older. Customers will be able to obtain the following motor vehicle services as they plan their visit to the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center:

  • Titles
  • Registration renewals and restorations

The following Photo License Centers are open:

  • Clairton Boulevard, 9 Clairton Boulevard, Pittsburgh; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • Danville, 308 Railroad Street, Danville, PA 17821, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • DuBois, 1203 East Dubois Avenue, Suite 2, Dubois, PA 15801; Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
  • Duncannon, 5 Broadway Avenue, Duncannon; hours of operation will be Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.
  • East Liberty, 5900 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh; hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM,  Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM;
  • Laporte, Main Street, Laporte, PA 18626; Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Lewisburg, 130 Buffalo Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837; Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • McConnellsburg, 665 Lincoln Way E, McConnellsburg; hours of operation will be Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.
  • McElhattan, 1 Outlet Lane, Suite 312, Lock Haven, PA 17745; Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM; and
  • Monroeville, 2725 Mosside Boulevard, Monroeville; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM;
  • Stewartstown, 63 North Main Street, Stewartstown; hours of operation will be Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.
  • Tionesta, 668 Elm Street, Tionesta, PA 16353; Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.
  • York, 120 Roosevelt Avenue, York; hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Friday June 5:

  • Harleysville, 345 Main Street, Harleysville; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Lancaster, 1356 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 101 Lancaster; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Lawndale, 919-B Levick Street, Philadelphia; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Oxford, 310 Limestone Road, Oxford; hours of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Pottstown, 978 East High Street, Pottstown; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Upper Chichester, 486 Conchester Highway, Aston; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Wednesday June 10:

  • South Waverly, 2523 Pennsylvania Avenue, South Waverly; hours of operation will be Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM.

The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Thursday June 11:

  • Ardmore, 30 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Langhorne, 516 N. Oxford Valley Rd., Langhorne; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Roosevelt Blvd, 9475 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Upper Darby, 5233 West Baltimore Avenue, Clifton Heights; hours of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Friday June 12:

  • Mayfair, 6420 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Monday June 15:

  • Allentown, 5 American Parkway, Allentown; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

The following locations will reopen for photo license services only beginning Saturday, June 20:

  • Belle Vernon Photo License Center, 960 Rostraver Road, Belle Vernon; hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Berwick Photo License Center, 10th and Mulberry Street, Berwick; hours of operation will be Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Coudersport Photo License Center, 1 South Main St., Coudersport; hours of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Elizabethville Photo License Center, 4686 State Route 209, Suite 5, Elizabethville; hours of operation will be Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM
  • Honesdale Photo License Center, 18 Collan Park, Honesdale; hours of operation will be Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.
  • Huntingdon Photo License Center, 9048 William Penn Highway, Suite 1, Huntingdon, hours of operation will be Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Indiana Photo License Center normal, 2334 Oakland Avenue, Suite A, Indiana; hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Kittanning Photo License Center, 159 Butler Rd. Suite 2d, Kittanning; hours of operation will be Wednesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Lehighton Photo License Center, 1403 Blakeslee Boulevard, Route 443, Lehighton; hours of operation will be Thursday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Milford Photo License Center, 201 West Harford St., Route 6, Milford; hours of operation will be Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Montrose Photo License Center, 78 Grow Avenue, Montrose; hours of operation will be Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • St. Mary's Photo License Centers, 129 North Micheal St., St. Mary's; hours of operation will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Tunkhannock Photo License Center, 600 Hunter Highway, Suite 12, Tunkhannock; hours of operation will be Friday and Saturday 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM; and
  • Waynesburg Photo License Center, 1164 Willow Drive, Waynesburg; hours of operation will be Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Monday June 22:

  • Hecktown, 216 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

The following locations will reopen for photo license services only beginning Friday, June 26:

  • Bedford Photo License Center, 137 Bedford Plaza Rd., Bedford; hours of operation will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Clarion Photo License Center, 22631 Route 68 Suite 50, Clarion; hours of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Shamokin Photo License Center, 5 Anthra Plaza, Shamokin; hours of operation will be Thursday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM;
  • Wellsboro Photo License Center, 40 Plaza Lane, Wellsboro; hours of operation will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM; and
  • Warren Photo License Center, 984 Hatch Run Road, Warren; hours of operation will be Thursday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

The following locations will reopen for photo license services only beginning Saturday, June 27:

  • Seneca Photo License Center, 143 Airport Road, Seneca; hours of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. 

Photo License Centers process photos only, and individuals must have a camera card for this service.

All other locations not listed will remain closed until further noticed.

What services are available at open Driver License Centers?

As Driver License Centers open, they will offer limited services. Customers will be able to obtain the following services as they plan their visit to one of these centers:

  • Commercial Driver License (CDL) transactions, including renewals, replacements, Medical Examiner's Certificates (MECs), date of proof transactions, Hazardous Material Recertifications, and related transactions;
  • Initial issuance transactions, including out-of-state transfers, ID card issuance, and related transactions;
  • Photo license services;
  • Driver license restoration services that cannot be completed online or via mail;
  • Medical-related testing; and
  • Non-U.S. citizen transaction processing. 

The following customer services will not be initially available at Driver License Centers,  in an effort to support social distancing and reduce initial volume and demand at driver license centers:

  • Non-commercial road testing;
  • REAL ID applications and transactions, however, pre-verified customers can apply for REAL ID online; and
  • Transactions or services that can be completed online at www.dmv.pa.gov.  

When will more DMVs begin to open?

​PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will continue to reopen other locations as soon as safely possible. We will continue to communicate any reopening and changes with the public. Currently, only some driver license and photo license centers in yellow phase counties have reopened. 

Are there additional safety protocols for open Driver License Centers?

The following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place in all reopened Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers:

  • Customers will be prescreened and asked brief questions regarding any potential symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Customers will be required to wear masks while in the facility;
  • Seating will be reduced at all Driver License Centers to make social distancing easier to maintain six feet distances between each seat; 
  • The number of customers will be limited to correspond with available counter stations and available seating in the customer waiting area only;
  • Admittance to the facility will be limited to only the customer requiring service, unless assistance is needed by an accompanying person;
  • Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at each counter to protect customers and employees;
  • Cleaning protocols have been enhanced to sanitize facilities on an ongoing basis; and
  • Markings on floors have been added to assist with social distancing along with signage to communicate special instructions to customers.

What if my driver's license, photo ID card, learner's permit, or camera card is scheduled to expire?
Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire between March 16, 2020, and July 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until July 31, 2020.

A camera card is considered a driver's license so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver's license products, and is extended until July 31, 2020.


Effective May 10, 2020, All customers  who renew their non-commercial driver’s license   or ID online or both commercial driver’s license and non-commercial driver’s license along with identification cards through the mail will receive a new product using the current photo of that individual that exists in our system. No camera cards will be issued to these customers, and they will receive their new product by mail within 15 days. The renewal process is complete when customers receive their final product in the mail. 
 
Individuals who renewed a product on or before May 10 will still receive a camera card in the mail and will still need to visit a PennDOT Photo License Center upon reopening to obtain an updated a photo.
 
This change in the renewal process is a mitigation effort to reduce the spread COVID-19 and keep both our customers and our employees safe as PennDOT reopens driver license and photo license centers. This measure will assist social distancing at all centers by reducing the number of individuals who need to visit a center. 
 
If a customer’s license is nearing expiration and they were planning to get a REAL ID at their time of renewal, they can renew their license or ID and get a standard, “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES” product. The issuance of REAL ID is currently suspended until further notice as a mitigation effort in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
 
The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for REAL ID to Oct. 1, 2021. REAL ID issuance will resume in late 2020, and these customers can return to upgrade to a REAL ID. When REAL ID’s are available again and assuming a customers opts in for a a REAL ID at that time,  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.
If I have to go in to get my picture taken, what is the guidance to safely get it renewed if I am high risk?

In all reopened driver license and photo license centers, the following COVID-19 safety protocols have been put in place to keep both our customers and employees safe:  

  • Customers will be prescreened and asked brief questions regarding any potential symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Customers will be required to wear masks while in the facility;
  • Seating will be reduced at all Driver License Centers to make social distancing easier to maintain six feet distances between each seat;
  • The number of customers will be limited to correspond with available counter stations and available seating in the customer waiting area only;
  • Admittance to the facility will be limited to only the customer requiring service, unless assistance is needed by an accompanying person;
  • Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at each counter to protect customers and employees;
  • Cleaning protocols have been enhanced to sanitize facilities on an ongoing basis; and
  • Markings on floors have been added to assist with social distancing along with signage to communicate special instructions to customers.

What if my vehicle registration, safety inspection, or emissions inspection is scheduled to expire?

Vehicle registrations (including apportioned and fleet registrations),
safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date was June 30, 2020. These products will not be extended past June 30, 2020. 

Vehicle registrations may also be renewed online at any time.




Are temporary titles and registrations also extended through June 30?

​The extensions for titles and registrations also apply to temporary title and registrations. All registrations and titles that expire between March 16 through June 30, expired on June 30. 

What if I had a scheduled driver license exam?

Customers who have skills tests scheduled on or after June 2 will be able to obtain a driver's skills test at all open Driver License Centers that perform skills testing. The skills test has been modified to mitigate potential exposure of PennDOT staff and customers while maintaining the integrity of the testing process.

Customers whose driver's skills tests were canceled due to the COVID-19 emergency will be given priority in rescheduling skills tests by contacting the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services Call Center at 717-412-5300. All other customers will be able to schedule a skills tests in the appointment system beginning June 20, 2020.

As part of the enhanced safety measures for non-commercial skills test the following safety protocols will be in place:
  • PennDOT staff will remain outside the vehicle during the entire skills test and the test taker and accompanying driver will remain in the vehicle.
  • In yellow phase counties, examiner will conduct basic health pre-screening of applicant.  If applicant is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, test will not be administered. There will be no pre-screening for customers in green counties.
  • All customers and accompanying drivers must wear appropriate face masks during testing.
  • Examiners will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, eye protection during the exam.
  • Examiners will utilize iPads during the administration of testing, which will be routinely disinfected using wipes or spray sanitizer. 
PennDOT-Authorized Third Party Testers in yellow or green counties are also available for non-commercial testing and adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Health.  They must follow official phased reopening guidance outlined by the Governor's Office and the Department of Health. For a list of PennDOT Authorized Third Party Vendors, please visit our website at www.dmv.pa.gov.


Will permit tests be done at open DMVs?

​Open locations are offering initial issuance transactions, which include permit testing.

Please note that 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.


What if my persons with disabilities parking placard is scheduled to expire?

​Persons with Disabilities Parking Placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until June 30, 2020. This product will not be extended past June 30, 2020. 

What should people do if they have a suspended license that they are now able to get restored? Who should they contact? Has the process changed at all since many employees are working from home?

​PennDOT continues to provide restoration services and the process has not changed, which may be completed online. Longer than normal wait times may be experienced. You may also call 717-412-5300 for more information. 

What do I do if I have the Interlock System and I was supposed to get it removed this month? I am still paying for it and I can’t get it taken out, what can I do to move forward in this process?

​Ignition Interlock vendors as well as their installation and removal centers have remained opened, and these services remain available. Additionally, PennDOT has continued to process Ignition Interlock compliance forms submitted by Ignition Interlock vendors and applications for unrestricted driver's licenses submitted by customers.

For drivers who've been reported for medical review.

​Until further notice, PennDOT is modifying its medical review operations for drivers that have been reported to the Medical Unit. Specifically, drivers will be provided up to 60 days from the date on their letter to provide any requested forms or information, even if the correspondence indicates 30 days. Customers who need a driver's test will be provided an additional 30 days from when our Driver License Centers open to successfully complete that testing. Medical recall dates will not be extended due to highway safety concerns. Any completed forms or questions can be directed to the Medical Unit at ra-pdmedicalunithelp@pa.gov.

What if I need to go through a TSA checkpoint and my license or ID is expired?

The Transportation Security Administration has provided a written commitment to accept post-March 1 expired driver licenses and ID cards that may be presented at the airport security check point. Details available atwww.tsa.gov/coronavirus.

Travelers with a state driver's license that expired beginning on March 1, 2020, and who are not able to renew at their state driver's license agency may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver's licenses a year after the expiration date, plus 60 days after the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency.


How long will it take to get documents via mail?

Due to our operational changes, most mailed products will be delayed until normal operations resume.


Has PennDOT issued any waivers for school bus drivers during this COVID-19 emergency?

Yes. PennDOT has issued a waiver of the annual physical examination requirement under 67 Pa. Code §71.3, which requires school bus drivers to have an annual physical examination, provided that the school bus driver has proof of a valid physical examination that expired on or after March 13, 2020. The affected school bus drivers shall have until July 31, 2020, to complete a new physical examination.

This waiver does not apply to drivers who cannot produce evidence of a prior physical examination that expired after March 13, 2020; new drivers who have never completed a physical examination; drivers who, since their last physical examination, have been diagnosed with a medical condition that would disqualify the driver from operating a school bus; and drivers who, since their last physical examination, have developed a condition that requires a medical waiver. This waiver also does not apply to drivers required to undergo additional 3-month examinations under 67 Pa. Code §71.3(b)(4)(B)(I) unless the driver has completed the required 3-month examination.

Additionally, the waiver of requirements of recertification of the school bus endorsements for school bus drivers whose endorsements are scheduled to expire after March 13, 2020, the requirement to renew the school bus endorsement is waived until July 31, 2020.



Is there an extension on removing studded snow tires?

​The date for the removal of studded snow tires is April 15, 2020. The deadline has not been extended under the Governor's Emergency Proclamation. Local law enforcement is responsible for the enforcement of the requirement to remove studded snow tires.

For Updated Product Expirations including Apportioned Renewals

​In an abundance of caution, PennDOT will not be returning to the farm show this year for its annual apportioned renewals. Apportioned registrants should mail their apportioned renewal applications to the Department for processing. Apportioned invoices may be paid by certified check, cashier’s check, money order or wire transfer.

Effective May 12, 2020, expiration dates for vehicle registrations, safety and emission inspections and Persons with Disability parking placards will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Deadlines on the following products was June 30, 2020:

  • Vehicle registrations of all classes which includes, but not limited to, mass transit vehicle registrations, apportioned vehicle registrations, fleet vehicle registrations, dealer plate registrations, temporary registrations and biennial farm exemption certificates scheduled to expire from March 16 through June 30.
  • Safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through June 30.
  • Persons with Disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through June 30. 
For more information on Apportioned Registration Renewals please visit our website at https://www.dmv.pa.gov/VEHICLE-SERVICES/Title-Registration/Apportioned/Pages/default.aspx.

Additional waiver information

All documents below are PDFs unless otherwise noted.



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​Does the license extension apply to CDL holders?

​Yes, for CDLs scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through July 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until July 31, 2020.

Are rest areas and welcome centers open?

PennDOT rest areas and welcome centers were initially closed to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but have since reopened with additional cleaning and maintenance.

Has FMCSA issued any waivers in reference to CDL drivers during this COVID-19 emergency for things like drug testing, hours of service, etc?

There are federal requirements regarding CDL for which PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services does not have oversight; however, FMCSA has granted additional waivers and has provided additional guidance during this emergency period. This information may be accessed through FMCSA's website. Any questions related to these items should be directed to FMCSA.

My Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC) is expiring for my CDL. What do I do?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued multiple waivers and guidance relating to MECs until September 30, 2020:

  • FMCSA waives the requirement under 49 CFR 391.45 that CDL holders, CLP holders, and non-CDL drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
  • FMCSA waives the requirement under 49 CFR 383.71(h)(3) that, in order to maintain the medical certification status of "certified," CDL or CLP holders provide the State Driver Licensing Agency with an original or copy of a subsequently issued medical examiner's certificate, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
  • Drivers claiming relief under this waiver from the requirement for a valid medical certificate must have proof of a valid medical certificate that expired on or after March 1, 2020, and carry a paper copy of their expired medical certificates.
  • Drivers who cannot produce evidence of a prior medical certification that expired on or after March 1, 2020, are not covered under this waiver, including new drivers who have never obtained a medical certification.
  • Drivers who, since their last medical certificate was issued, have been diagnosed with a medical condition that would disqualify the driver from operating in interstate commerce, or who, since their last medical certificate was issued, have developed a condition that requires an exemption or Skill Performance Evaluation from FMCSA are not covered under this waiver. 

In addition, PennDOT has temporarily stopped processes to downgrade CDL drivers who are unable to provide their updated MECs as indicated in the FMCSA waiver and guidance; however, If drivers do obtain an updated, valid MEC, the Bureau of Driver Licensing is still able to process the MEC and add the information to the driver record. To ensure timely processing, MECs can be submitted by email at CDLmedscert@pa.gov or by fax at 717-783-5429. 

I have a CDL with a Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) and currently cannot complete the recertification process because of the closure of PennDOT Driver License Centers. What do I do?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has granted a temporary exemption from requirements regarding the expiration of TSA security threat assessments for Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) holders (49 CFR 1572). Considering the exemption, the expiration date of an HME for a Pennsylvania CDL holder who held a valid, unexpired HME with a determination of no security threat on or after March 6, 2020, is extended until July 31, 2020

Will my Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) remain valid with the extension of the expiration date of my CDL?

​Yes. When your CDL expiration date is extended, your HME is also extended for the same time period.

Additional waiver information

All documents below are PDFs unless otherwise noted.



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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Which construction projects have resumed and how were they chosen?

​As of May 1, nearly all PennDOT road and bridge construction projects have restarted, with limited exceptions based on project-specific factors, including location and feasibility for social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols at the jobsite. Work on all projects is conducted in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.

What if there is an emergency road repair situation?

PennDOT crews are available to perform critical functions and emergency maintenance as needed. Please report any roadway concerns via our online Customer Care Center or by contacting your county maintenance office.



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.