Under the Pennsylvania’s graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program, first time driver license applicants are required to obtain a learner’s permit as the first stage. The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is in charge of the GDL program and it has several licensing levels before you obtain an unrestricted driver’s license. The GDL program is designed to instill the skills necessary to be a safe and responsible driver. In addition, you will also be required to take a written permit test.
If you are a new Pennsylvania resident, you have a period of 30 days to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license or learner’s permit after moving to Pennsylvania. Considering that your previous state’s program may differ from the Pennsylvania GDL program, it is wise to directly contact the DMV to determine which driver’s license or learner’s permit you can apply for. However, the Pennsylvania DMV requires that you take a written permit test if your out-of-state learner’s permit has expired for more than 6 months. Check with the Pennsylvania DMV to see whether you can bypass some of the requirements or get credit for your out-of-state Driver’s Ed course. You will need to surrender your out-of-state driver’s license when you apply for your Pennsylvania learner’s permit or driver’s license.
After you have all the required documents, you can book an appointment and visit your local DMV office to take the written permit test. The written test is composed of information from the PennsylvaniaDriver’s Manual. The questions mainly coverPennsylvania’s traffic laws, road signs, safe driving techniques, defensive driving and vehicle positioning, signaling and communicating to other drivers, parking, sharing the road, road signage, entering and exiting the freeway.
To prepare for the test, it is recommended that you read through the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual, it will give you comprehensive information about what you need to know about the test. In addition, you can also take online practice test so that you experience the kind of questions that will be set on the written knowledge test. The online tests also provide a unique way to review and learn the content in the driver’s manual.