Students who want to drive a car while studying in the U.S. will either need to have an international driver's license, which is obtained from the home country, or a Pennsylvania State Driver's license. The international driver's license is usually only valid for one year.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) oversees the issuing and maintenance of driver's licenses in Pennsylvania. Persons who wish to get a driver's license will take a written exam for the learner's permit and then a road skills test in a car with a PennDOT employee to get a driver's license. You must be at least 16 years old and residing/studying in the U.S. and Pennsylvania state for at least one year to apply for a learner's permit.
To obtain a driver's license, you will need the following:
- PennDOT Form 180 (PDF)
- A physical at the Health and Wellness Center
- Verification letter from the International Office (Letter Request Form PDF)
- I-94 (I-94 retrieval tips)
- Social Security number (ITIN) or Social Security rejection letter
- 2 proofs of Pennsylvania residency (see Fact Sheet below)
Walk in to the office without an appointment during these times for assistance:
Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 pm
Wednesdays, 2 - 4 pm
Can't make it during walk-in hours? Contact us to schedule an appointment at your convenience.