PA Suspended License
As a driver in PA, penalties can include license suspension, which can be handed down by PennDOT and the PA court system, depending on your offense. If your license is ever suspended, don’t worry about being unaware as PennDOT will send a notice by mail to provide an official notice of the suspension.
However, if you are at any time unsure of just what your license status is, you can call PennDOT toll free at 1-800-932-4600, or visit the office to get a copy of your driver’s record.
Driver’s Record in PA
While you aren’t going to find your driver’s history through outside vendors, PennDOT provides you with three methods of getting your copy.
Online Driving Record
- Visit PennDOT Online Service Center
- Select “Request Your Driver History”.
- Follow on-screen directions offered.
- Pay $5 record fee with major credit card or debit card.
Driving Record In-Person
- Obtain Request for Driver Information application online, or in the office as you visit.
- Complete the form and submit to On-Line Messenger Office location.
- Pay $5 record fee.
Mail-In Driving Record Request
- Complete the same Request for Driver Information application.
- Send the form with $5 money order or check to the address below.
Bureau of Driver Licensing
Driver Record Services
P.O. Box 68695
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8695
Interstate Compact for License Suspension
If your license is suspended in PA, don’t think that you can just leave the state to regain automatic driving privileges. There is a National Driver Register, which lists PA driver suspensions, providing the information to other states’ DMV offices.
In other words, PA will communicate your suspension to be sure that you don’t cheat other states and get driving privileges that you don’t deserve. PA also belongs to the DLC, or Driver License Compact, which ensures that your offenses in other states are also communicated to PennDOT to be sure your privileges are restricted if necessary.
Penalties for Driving While License Suspended
If your license is suspended, you are not permitted to drive for any reason. The penalties if you are caught can differ depending on what you were suspended for. If you are ready to get back behind the wheel, you must first have your license reinstated.
- Call PennDOT at 1-800-932-4600.
- Request Restoration Requirements letter to be sent by mail.
- Letter states details of suspension including length and reinstatement requirements.
- Follow requirements when suspension is up to reinstate your driving privileges.
If you are dealing with a serious suspension such as for a very serious offense, be sure to contact a traffic attorney to help you determine your restrictions, requirements, and more.
Restricted License in PA
There are some drivers that will receive restricted driving privileges if their situation warrants such permission.
- Transportation is required for work.
- You are currently enrolled in school and you are your only source of transportation.
- Your vehicle is required for yourself or a dependent to receive medical treatment.
If one or more of these situations apply to you, you may be qualified to receive an Occupational Limited License. You are not permitted to receive this restricted license if your license has been:
If you qualify for these privileges, you can apply for the occupational license by:
- Complete form DL-15, which you can get online at Occupational License.
- Submit proof of current insurance.
- Pay required fee.
- Send to address listed on application form.
PennDOT will then review the application and determine your qualification, notifying you of the decision made on your behalf within no more than 3 weeks.
You can also apply for a probationary license if your license has been under suspension or revocation for 5 years or more.
If you would like more information, contact PennDOT toll free at 1-800-932-4600 or you could also consult with a traffic attorney in order to determine your qualification for a probationary or Occupational license.
In most suspensions, reinstatement is possible after the length of your suspension term has been served. Once reinstatement is granted, you are able to regain your full driving privileges after proof of your identity and the fines applied are paid in full.
Make sure you first consult with PennDOT and request a Restoration Requirements letter if you aren’t sure what it takes for you to reinstate your license. A traffic attorney can be a great way to find out your rights and privileges.
Remember that your insurance rates are likely to rise after a suspension, so be ready to pay a bit more or check to see whether traffic school could lessen your premium.
Keeping Your Driving Record Clean
There are different ways that your license can be suspended in PA, such as:
- 6 or more points a second time: 15 day suspension
- Excessive speeding over 30 mph over posted limit: 15 day suspension
- Failure to stop for school bus with flashing lights: 60 day suspension
- DUI/DWI: automatic suspension
- Speeding within posted work zone 10 mph or more over limit: 15 day suspension
Failure to appear at scheduled hearing: automatic suspension