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New Year’s Day: Banks, liquor stores, DMVs, schools closed for holiday


Harrisburg, PA – Banks, liquor stores, and PennDOT driver’s license and photo centers will all be closed statewide for New Year’s Day this Friday.

The US mail will also not be delivered that day.

Schools are still on winter break, and most of them will return for classes on Jan. 4.

Be aware that some store hours may vary by location, so please call your local store if you need to check.

The U.S. Postal Service won’t deliver mail tomorrow, and all government buildings, including driver’s license centers and liquor stores will be closed.

PA liquor stores will close at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and remain closed throughout Friday, New Year’s Day.

On that note, remember that if alcohol is going to be part of your New Year’s celebration, never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking and if you’re going to be away from your own house, make a plan beforehand and arrange a safe and sober ride back home.


Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that all driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

Additionally, the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, which is only open for motor vehicle transactions, will close at 12:30 PM on Thursday, December 31.  Driver license and photo center locations will close at 12:15 PM on Thursday, December 31.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2020 is available online.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot/.