How to Check a Valid Driver's License in Pennsylvania

By Kimberly Walker - Updated June 15, 2017
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A driver, employer, insurance company or creditor can make inquiries regarding the status of a Pennsylvania driver's license. All inquires must be made in writing by completing a Request for Driver Information Form DL-503 and submitting it to the Pennsylvania DMV by mail or by visiting a local Pennsylvania DMV. There are several types of reports you can order depending on the intended use of the information. Fees vary according to the report type. Online background checks can also be used to obtain information about a Pennsylvania driver's license and driving history.

Obtain Form DL-503 Request for Driver Information online (see Resources), by requesting a copy by mail from the Pennsylvania DMV or by visiting a local Pennsylvania DMV office to find out whether an individual's driver's license is valid.

Complete the Pennsylvania Request for Driver Information form. You will need the driver's name, address, date of birth and driver's license number. Determine the type of report you need. Reports include a full-history, three-year, 10-year and basic report. The full history provides the name, address, date of birth, license number, class of license, status and all violations for the past 10 years. The three-year report provides the same information, except violations are limited to the past three years. Only the driver's employer or potential employer is allowed to order a 10-year driving report if the driver's employment involves operating a motor vehicle on behalf of the employer. The basic report provides the driver's name, address, date of birth and class of license and license number only. It does not provide the status of the license or driving violations.

Obtain the driver's authorization and signature on the form if you are not the driver in order to have the records released to you or the designated person or company on the form. Have your signature notarized before a Pennsylvania notary.

Return the completed form in person to the nearest Pennsylvania DMV office or by mail. Obtain the DMV address and mailing information online at the Pennsylvania DMV's website (see Resources). Include your credit card information or a check or money order for the appropriate fee depending on which report you have chosen.

Conduct a background search online at a website such as Search Quarry (see Resources). Most companies charge a fee for the Pennsylvania driver's license search to find out whether a driver's license is valid. You will need the driver's license number, person's name and state where her driver's license was issued.

Tip

The person requesting the Pennsylvania driving history record must sign an Affidavit of Intended Use and have his signature notarized before a Pennsylvania notary if he is not ordering his own driving record. Permissible intended uses are restricted to court order, driver's release, insurance of driver's vehicle, employment of the driver, credit transactions involving the driver such as a car loan, and for use by the driver's attorney.

Warning

Only the driver, her attorney, the driver's employer or potential employer, car insurance company or creditor involved in a credit transaction with the driver are authorized to obtain information from the Pennsylvania DMV regarding whether the driver's license is valid in the state of Pennsylvania. All driver's history and license information is confidential and cannot be used for any other use than the intended use indicated on the DL-503 Form.

About the Author

With an obsession for holistic skin care, Kimberly Walker is a content creator focusing on beauty and wellness. With eight years of editorial and copywriting experience, she's contributed to EBONY, Uptown, AOL, BET.com, and brands such as Jane Carter Solutions, Elasta QP, curlBOX, Azure Professional and more. Walker is also an accomplished screenwriter with a project currently on Netflix.

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