It is always recommended that international students at The University obtain a Pennsylvania Driver’s License if they plan to drive in the United States. A Pennsylvania Driver's License is also required when purchasing a car and obtaining car insurance.
The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website outlines the process of obtaining a Pennsylvania Driver’s License. The application process includes a written test and driving skills test administered by DMV staff. The Pennsylvania Driver’s Handbook is an indispensable resource when preparing for these tests.
The DMV requires that you present originals of the following immigration documents:
- Valid Passport
- I-94 Card
- Visa (used for last entry)
- Social Security Card, or letter from SSA indicating that SSA did not make a decision yet, or SSA rejection letter
- I-20 or DS-2019
- Letter from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services
- 2 proofs of residency (utility bills, bank statements, lease agreement)
Pennsylvania honors a valid foreign driver’s license with an international driving permit for a period of up to one year. If the foreign license and/or international permit expires before one year, the individual must apply for a Pennsylvania learner’s permit to continue to drive in the state.
The nearest Driver’s license center is
81 Keystone Industrial Park
Dunmore, PA 18512