Tom Corbett, Governor Barry J. Schoch, P.E., Secretary, Department of Transportation

Probationary Licenses

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:

  1. You must complete Form DL-20 “Probationary License Petition”. Follow the instructions on the petition.
  2. Send it, along with the appropriate fee, to the address listed on the form.
  3. PennDOT will evaluate the petition and determine your eligibility.
  4. If you do not qualify for a PL, you will be sent a letter denying your application.
  5. 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.

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