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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.

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Section 1 - Petition for Appeal
Step 1. Form Preparation
  • Complete the following form and print (1) copy of each form:
    • Form 1-Civil Cover Sheet pdf | MS Word
    • Form 2-Petition for Appeal from a Suspension of Operating Privilege/Denial of Driver's License/Suspension of Motor Vehicle Registration pdf | MS Word
Step 2. Signature
  • Sign and date the completed form from Step 1 that requires your signature.
Section 2 - Lehigh County Courthouse
  • Take the following items with you to the Lehigh County Courthouse located at 455 West Hamilton Street Allentown, PA:
    • Completed and signed Civil Cover Sheet (form 1) and Petition for Appeal from a Suspension of Operating Privilege / Denial of Driver's License/Suspension of Motor Vehicle Registration (form 2)
    • Cash or Credit/Debit Card to cover filing fees; no personal checks will be accepted. For filing fees see Civil fee Schedule
Step 1. Requesting a Hearing Date from Court Administration
Go to the Office of Court Administration located in room 614 of the Lehigh County Courthouse:
  • Give the Petition for Appeal from a Suspension of Operating privilege/Denial of Driver's License/Suspension of Motor Vehicle Registration (form 2) to an employee of the Office of Court Administration. They will schedule your hearing, complete and give you a Scheduling Order and return your paperwork to you to e-file in the Clerk of Judicial Records.
Step 2. Filing (e-file) - Clerk of Judicial Records

Go to the Clerk of Judicial Records located in Room 122 of the Lehigh County Courthouse:

  • Give all paperwork to the Clerk and pay for all filing fees.
  • Proceed to Kiosk to e-file original document. (Clerk's office will provide assistance)
  • Obtain two (2) certified copies.
    • Keep one (1) certified copy with you as proof of the Appeal.
    • One (1) certified 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:
    • 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 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 Receipts 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 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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