A Probationary License (PL) is a Class C (Non-commercial) Limited Driver’s License issued only once to an individual whose Pennsylvania driving privilege has been suspended or revoked for five or more years. This license authorizes driving a non-commercial vehicle between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. PennDOT will consider additional hours upon request. A PL cannot be used to drive a commercial vehicle, motorcycle or moped.
To qualify for a PL, you must have served and consecutively earned credit toward a portion of your suspension/revocation period and your driving record must be free of driving offenses to demonstrate you have not driven during the minimum period of suspension/revocation. This minimum period (from 3 to 6 years) is determined by the number of violations that caused the current suspension/revocation of your driving privilege. In addition, any outstanding citations, judgments, examinations or hearings must first be satisfied.
To apply for a PL:
- You must complete Form DL-20 “Probationary License Petition”. Follow the instructions on the petition.
- Send it, along with the appropriate fee, to the address listed on the form.
- PennDOT will evaluate the petition and determine your eligibility.
- If you do not qualify for a PL, you will be sent a letter denying your application.
- If you qualify for a PL, you will be sent a PL camera card, which you will need to take to the nearest Photo License Center to have your photo taken and receive your PL.