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Suspension of Operation Privilege, Denial of Driver's License or Suspenion of Motor Vehicle Registration
Self Help - Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

This is the procedure you must follow when you wish to Appeal a Suspension of Operating Privileges (License Suspension), a Denial of Driver's License or a Suspension of Motor Vehicle Registration.

The form links below are available in PDF or Word format. There is no difference in the content of the forms, you may choose the format you prefer to work in.

State and Local Court Rules Must Be Followed.

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We recommend that you use the printable checklist.

General Instructions To Parties With No Lawyer

There are complex rules of law that everyone who comes to court must follow. You must follow these rules even though you are not a lawyer because the rules exist to provide an orderly process to reach a fair conclusion. Click here

Section 1 - Petition for Appeal
Step 1. Form Preparation
  • Complete the following forms and print one (1) copy of each form:
    • Form 1-Civil Cover Sheet pdf
    • Form 2-Petition for Appeal from a Suspension of Operating Privilege/Denial of Driver's License/Suspension of Motor Vehicle Registration pdf
    • Form 3-Rule to Show Cause and Scheduling Order pdf
Step 2. Signature
  • Sign and date all printed copies of the completed forms from Step 1 that require your signature.
Section 2 -E-Filing the Documents (OFS Odyssey File & Serve)

For full registration and filing instructions, please review the Independent Filer Instructions and OFS Family Guidelines documents under the Self-Help section of https://lehigh.tylerhost.net/ofsweb

Filing a New Action
  • Go to https://lehigh.tylerhost.net/ofsweb
    • Select the Civil category and select your case type
    • Enter the party names and addresses
    • Select each filing code.  After selecting the filing code, you will be able to upload your documents
    • Confirm your payment information
    • Submit the filing to the review queue
  • Once your filings have been accepted through the OFS Odyssey File & Serve, you will receive an email at the email address that you used to register with, stating if your filing has been approved or denied. Once you have received the email stating that your filing has been approved, there will be a link to view the approved document(s).
    • You will need to print out two (2) time-stamped copies of the completed Petition for Appeal from a Suspension of Operating Privilege/Denial of Driver's License/Suspension of Motor Vehicle Registration and completed Rule to Show Cause and Scheduling Order the document(s) to serve the other party(ies) in the case.
      • Keep one (1) time-stamped copy with you as proof of the Appeal.
      • One (1) time-stamped copy is to be mailed to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested
Section 3 - Serving the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Manner of Service

To use these self-help forms, the manner of service must be Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested.

Step 1 Preparing for Service
  • Address an envelope to:
    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
    Office of Chief Counsel
    Third Floor, Riverfront Office Center
    Harrisburg, PA 17104-2516
  • Put the following in the envelope addressed to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Office of Chief Counsel:
    • One (1) time-stamped certified copy of the Petition for Appeal from a Suspension of Operating Privilege / Denial of Driver's License/Suspension of Motor Vehicle Registration.
    • One (1) time-stamped certified copy of the Rule to Show Cause and Scheduling Order.
Step 2 Going to the Post Office
  • Take your printable Checklist that contains instructions on how to send Certified mail, return receipt requested.
  • Take the addressed envelope containing the copy of the Petition for Appeal from a Suspension of Operating Privilege/Denial of Driver's License/Suspension of Motor Vehicle Registration and the Scheduling Order.
  • Take money for postage.
Step 3 Completing Domestic Return Receipt (green post card form 3811)
  • Obtain one (1) Domestic Return Receipt from the post office
  • Complete according to instructions on your printable checklist
Section 4 - Hearing
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled hearing.
  • Take the following items with you to the Courthouse:
    • The returned “claimed” green post card (Domestic Return Receipt Form 3811)
    • Your copy of the Petition for Appeal
    • Any additional documentation supporting your appeal
  • Check in with Court Staff at assigned Courtroom

We recommend that you use the printable checklist.

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Disclaimer
The forms and instructions that are available from this website are not a substitute for professional legal advice. Court employees cannot give you legal advice or help you fill out /complete the forms. It is your responsibility to read and complete the forms and to take required steps to file and serve the documents. If you decide to use these forms in an actual action, be prepared to spend appropriate time gathering information, completing forms and following the Rules of Court. The Court assumes no responsibility for the use of these forms and accepts no liability for actions taken by using these documents, including reliance on the instructions and/or contents. To obtain legal advice and to insure the proper use of this material, you should contact a lawyer.

If you want to obtain the service of an attorney, but do not know whom to contact, you should visit the Lehigh Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service website.

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