Is Aceable’s Pennsylvania Drivers Ed program licensed by the state of Pennsylvania?
Yes, we are the licensed online curriculum provider for Blue Bell Driving. You don’t have to go to Blue Bell Driving to do our course. Anyone in the state of Pennsylvania can take our course and use the certificate we email to get a senior license.
Who can take this course?
You are between 15 and 18 years old and you are applying to get a senior license before you turn 18. You can also take this course for purely educational purposes – the more you know, right?
Can I take Pennsylvania Drivers Ed before I have a permit?
Yes, you technically can. You cannot get your permit until you are 16, but you can get started with our course even if you are are under 16. You don’t need to take a drivers ed course to get your permit or your junior license, but you can use our course to learn and be a more knowledgeable driver. If you wanted to get your senior license, you’ll need to take this course. Either way, reading through the Driver Handbook can be really boring and sometimes hard to understand. Our drivers ed course breaks everything down into small, bite-sized pieces of information and we also keep things entertaining so that you can really remember what you’ve learned.
What do I bring to PennDOT for my permit?
You’ll need to bring these items to the Driver License Center to get your permit: The permit application fee includes the fee for getting your Junior Driver’s License. The breakdown is $5 for the Class C permit and $30.50 for the Class C Driver’s License.
Examples of acceptable proof of date of birth and proof of identification are listed on the second page of the Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application
. Proof of residency is not required if you are 16 and 17 years of age. For your Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application
, you will need to get a physical examination. Bring it to your physician and have them complete the Physician’s Report of Examination section. Your application can be completed no earlier than 6 months before your 16th birthday. It expires 1 year from the date of your physical examination. Your Parent or Guardian Consent Form can be completed by your parent, guardian, person in loco parentis (who is 21 years of age or older) or spouse (who is 18 years of age or older). Whoever signs the form also needs to show proper ID when they come with to the Driver License Center. If their last name is different from yours, they will need to show verification of relationship somehow. If they cannot come with you to the Driver License Center, then you can have that person sign the form in front of a notary.
What does Aceable’s Pennsylvania Drivers Ed program include?
- Aceable is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania. Our certificates are accepted at any PennDOT Driver License Center.
- Aceable is all about convenience. You can log into your account on our website or by downloading the free Aceable Drivers Ed app for iOS and Android devices. You can switch between devices anytime and anywhere you want.
- Aceable includes 30 hours of engaging and entertaining content written in an easy way for students to understand. Your course will include text, videos, pictures, memes, and pop-up questions galore! You won’t just be reading for 30 hours straight.
- Aceable gives you access to unlimited free practice tests to ensure your success.
- Aceable prepares you to pass your driving test at the Driver License Center with flying colors.
- Aceable will email you a certificate to print out and bring or mail to PennDOT for your senior license.
- Aceable’s Customer Experience Heroes are available every day of the week to help answer your questions about anything and everything drivers ed. You can reach us by phone, email, and live chat.
Are there any additional fees?
As far as what you pay to Aceable, there are no extra fees. What’s included in the price?
- 30 hours of online classroom drivers ed
- Unlimited free practice tests
- 1 emailed certificate of completion
To get a senior license though, you need to complete a 6-hour behind-the-wheel training course in addition to our 30-hour drivers ed course. The cost of the behind-the-wheel training course will depend on the driving school you go to. It’ll range anywhere between $200 to $600.
Can I drive alone with a permit?
No. Absolutely not! When you have your permit, you are only allowed to drive with these people in the front passenger seat:
- A licensed driver at least 21 years of age
- A parent or guardian
- A person in loco parentis
- A spouse who is at least 18 years of age and licensed with the same or higher class vehicle that appears on your learner’s permit
There aren’t any curfews since you are under the supervision of an adult.
Can I take my driving test somewhere else besides at PennDOT?
You can schedule your driving test with your school district if they offer the test. We recommend calling your school district to see if they are approved by PennDOT to administer the driving test. There are also some driving schools approved under the End-of-Course Skills Testing Program with PennDOT to provide the driving test.
Does the program expire?
Nope! You can take as long as you need to finish up.
How do I get a senior license?
It’s possible to get one when you are 17 1/2 if you meet these conditions:
If you meet those conditions, you can apply for the senior license by mailing in Form DL-59 to PennDOT, PO Box 68272, Harrisburg, PA 17106-8272. If your application is approved, you will receive an updated card to carry with your junior license.
- You have passed an approved 30-hour classroom course (Aceable)
- You have completed a 6-hour behind-the-wheel training course at a local driving school
- You have no violations or accidents on your driving record
- You have held your junior license for at least one year
- You have the consent of your parents, guardian, or spouse.
Otherwise, you’ll need to wait until you are 18. When you turn 18, your junior license will automatically turn into a senior license. You don’t need to go back to the Driver License Office to get anything changed unless you want a license that doesn’t say JR anymore. Even though it says JR, if you’re 18, it will be treated as a senior license by anyone who asks to look at it. Your license expires 4 years later on the day after your birthday. Your expiration date on your junior license is the same even when it becomes a senior license on your 18th birthday.
How do I get my junior license?
You will be eligible to apply for the driver license if:
- You are at least 16 1/2 years old
- You have had your learner’s permit for at least 6 months
- You have a signed Certificate of Completion for the 65 hours of behind-the-wheel practice (Form DL-180C)
You do not need to take Aceable’s Pennsylvania Drivers Ed course in order to get a junior license. Only 65 hours of behind-the-wheel practice are needed (10 hours must be at night, 5 hours must be in bad weather).
How do I schedule my driving test?
You can schedule your driving test online or by calling Driver & Vehicle Services at 1-800-423-5542. It is also possible to schedule your driving test with your school district if they offer the test. We recommend calling your school district to see if they are approved by PennDOT to administer the driving test. There are also some driving schools approved under the End-of-Course Skills Testing Program with PennDOT to provide the driving test.
How long is the course?
The state of Pennsylvania requires you to take a 30-hour drivers ed course if you plan to get your senior license before turning 18. This course is not required for you to obtain your learner’s permit or your junior license. The state of Pennsylvania requires that the course takes a minimum of 15 days to finish. In order to help you pace yourself, you are limited to working on the course for 1 hour and 15 minutes maximum per day. You can access your course from your desktop, laptop, phone, and tablet, and you can log on and off whenever you want. While there are timers in the course, they’re set at a pace much faster than the speed that most people read. You won’t even notice them! The course also never expires, so you don’t have to worry about any deadlines – Aceable works around your schedule. Throughout the course, there are 19 level assessments that are 10 questions each. You just need to score at least 70% to pass! You can retake them over and over again until you pass. At the very end of the course, you will take the final exam which you need to pass with at least 70%. You can retake it over and over again until you pass. 48 hours after passing, Aceable will email you your Certificate of Completion on behalf of Blue Bell Driving.
What are the restrictions on a junior license?
- You can’t drive between the hours of 11 PM and 5 AM without a parent, guardian, person in loco parentis (21 years or older) or spouse (18 years or older) as your front passenger
- You cannot have more passengers in the vehicle than the number of seat belts
- First 6 months: You cannot drive more than 1 passenger under the age of 18 who is not an immediate family member unless your parent(s) or guardian(s) is in the vehicle with you
- After 6 months: You cannot drive more than 3 passengers under the age of 18 who is not an immediate family member unless your parent(s) or guardian(s) is in the vehicle with you. The limit only increases for those who have not been involved in a crash or have been convicted of any driving violation.
You can only drive alone between 11 PM and 5 AM if you are involved in public or charitable service, a member of a volunteer fire company, or employed during those hours. You’ll need to carry a notarized affidavit or certificate of authorization from your employer, supervisor, or fire chief with your schedule. Make sure to keep this with your driver license! Be careful!
Your license may be suspended until you are 18 or for a maximum of 90 days if:
- You were in an accident and you were partially or fully responsible for it
- You commit certain moving violations
Your license will be suspended for 90 days or 120 days if these situations happen:
Remember, driving is a privilege!
- You accumulate 6 or more points on your driver record
- You were convicted of driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit
What do I need to bring to PennDOT to get my junior license?
You’ll need to bring these items to PennDOT to get your junior license:
- Your learner’s permit
- Parent or Guardian Certification Form (Form DL-180C)
- The valid registration card for the vehicle you will use for the driving test
- Proof of insurance for the vehicle you will use for the driving test
- The valid driver’s license of the person going with you to the Driver License Center
All items must be originals – no copies are accepted! The Parent or Guardian Certification Form can be completed by your parent, guardian, person in loco parentis (who is 21 years of age or older) or spouse (who is 18 years of age or older). This shows to the Driver License Center that you really have completed all 65 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Whoever signs the form also needs to show proper ID when they come with to the Driver License Center. If they cannot come with you to the Driver License Center, then you can have that person sign the form in front of a notary.
What do I do if I lost my certificate?
You can always log back into your Aceable account and click “View Certificate” from the home screen. This allows you to download the certificate and print it out. You can also search for the email in your inbox, spam, junk, or trash. The subject line for the email is “Your Drivers Ed Certificate and Next Steps”.
What if I don’t meet the conditions for a senior license?
You’ll need to wait until you are 18. When you turn 18, your junior license will automatically turn into a senior license. You don’t need to go back to the Driver License Office to get anything changed unless you want a license that doesn’t say JR anymore. Even though it says JR, if you’re 18, it will be treated as a senior license by anyone who asks to look at it. Your license expires 4 years later on the day after your birthday. Your expiration date on your junior license is the same even when it becomes a senior license on your 18th birthday.
What if I fail my driving test?
If you do fail, you can reschedule your driving test but you can’t retake your test for at least 7 days. If you haven’t taken or passed your driving test within 3 years of your physical exam date (the part where you had to go to the doctor), you MUST start over with another Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit Application, have another physical exam, and retake the knowledge test.
What should I expect during my driving test?
Your driver license examiner will inspect the vehicle for these things:
- Valid registration card
- Current insurance
- Valid state inspection sticker
- Valid emissions sticker (if required)
They are going to check if your vehicle is in good working conditions and meet safety standards (lights, horn, brakes, windshield wipers, turn signals, mirrors, doors, seats, and tires). If it does not meet state inspection requirements, you won’t be able to take your driving test. To see what they may test you on or fail you on, check out page 6 of the Pennsylvania Driver Manual.