2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 75 - VEHICLES
Chapter 15 - Licensing of Drivers
1501 - Drivers required to be licensed.


                                CHAPTER 15
                           LICENSING OF DRIVERS

     Subchapter
        A.  General Provisions
        B.  Comprehensive System For Driver Education and Control
        C.  Violations
        D.  Driver's License Compact

        Enactment.  Chapter 15 was added June 17, 1976, P.L.162,
     No.81, effective July 1, 1977, unless otherwise noted.
        Special Provisions in Appendix.  See section 12 of Act 115 of
     1994 in the appendix to this title for special provisions
     relating to contracts with private entities.
        See section 25 of Act 115 of 1996 in the appendix to this
     title for special provisions relating to pilot programs for
     decentralized services for motor vehicle and driver license
     transactions.
        Cross References.  Chapter 15 is referred to in sections
     1516, 1614, 1702 of this title; section 4521.1 of Title 42
     (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure).

                               SUBCHAPTER A
                            GENERAL PROVISIONS

     Sec.
     1501.  Drivers required to be licensed.
     1502.  Persons exempt from licensing.
     1503.  Persons ineligible for licensing; license issuance to
            minors; junior driver's license.
     1504.  Classes of licenses.
     1505.  Learners' permits.
     1506.  Application for driver's license or learner's permit.
     1507.  Application for driver's license or learner's permit by
            minor.
     1508.  Examination of applicant for driver's license.
     1508.1. Physical examinations.
     1509.  Qualifications for school bus driver endorsement.
     1510.  Issuance and content of driver's license.
     1511.  Carrying and exhibiting driver's license on demand.
     1512.  Restrictions on drivers' licenses.
     1513.  Duplicate and substitute drivers' licenses and learners'
            permits.
     1514.  Expiration and renewal of drivers' licenses.
     1515.  Notice of change of name or address.
     1516.  Department records.
     1517.  Medical Advisory Board.
     1518.  Reports on mental or physical disabilities or disorders.
     1519.  Determination of incompetency.
     1520.  Acknowledgment of littering provisions.
     § 1501.  Drivers required to be licensed.
        (a)  General rule.--No person, except those expressly
     exempted, shall drive any motor vehicle upon a highway or public
     property in this Commonwealth unless the person has a driver's
     license valid under the provisions of this chapter. As used in
     this subsection, the term "public property" includes, but is not
     limited to, driveways and parking lots owned or leased by the
     Commonwealth, a political subdivision or an agency or
     instrumentality of either.
        (b)  Persons in towed vehicles.--No person, except those
     expressly exempted, shall steer or, while within the passenger
     compartment of the vehicle, exercise any degree of physical
     control of a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle upon a
     highway in this Commonwealth unless the person has a valid
     driver's license under the provisions of this chapter for the
     type or class of vehicle being towed.
        (c)  Limitation on number of licenses.--No person shall
     receive a driver's license unless and until the person
     surrenders to the department all valid licenses in the person's
     possession issued by this or any other state. The department
     shall either return surrendered licenses issued by another state
     to that state or submit a list of the surrendered licenses to
     the state, together with information that the person is licensed
     in this Commonwealth. No person shall be permitted to have more
     than one valid driver's license issued by this or any other
     state at any time. A nonresident who holds a nonresident
     commercial driver's license issued by the Commonwealth under
     Chapter 16 (relating to commercial drivers) shall be permitted
     to have a regular driver's license issued by the country of his
     residence.
        (d)  Penalty.--Any person violating subsection (a) is guilty
     of a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to
     pay a fine of $200, except that, if the person charged furnishes
     satisfactory proof of having held a driver's license valid on
     the last day of the preceding driver's license period and no
     more than one year has elapsed from the last date for renewal,
     the fine shall be $25. No person charged with violating
     subsection (a) or (b) shall be convicted if the person produces
     at the office of the issuing authority within 15 days of the
     violation:
            (1)  a driver's license valid in this Commonwealth at the
        time of the violation; or
            (2)  if the driver's license is lost, stolen, destroyed
        or illegible, evidence that the driver was licensed at the
        time of the violation.
     (July 1, 1981, P.L.202, No.63, eff. imd.; May 30, 1990, P.L.173,
     No.42; Dec. 18, 1992, P.L.1411, No.174, eff. 60 days; Dec. 21,
     1998, P.L.1126, No.151, eff. 60 days)

        1998 Amendment.  Act 151 amended subsec. (c).
        1992 Amendment.  Act 174 amended subsec. (a).
        1990 Amendment.  Act 42 amended subsecs. (c) and (d),
     effective November 1, 1990, as to subsec. (c) and 60 days as to
     subsec. (d).
        Special Provisions in Appendix.  See section 4 of Act 143 of
     1994 in the appendix to this title for special provisions
     relating to habitual offenders.
        Cross References.  Section 1501 is referred to in sections
     1511, 1532, 6309.1, 6503 of this title.

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