You you need a license in order to get the permit.
The permit is explained in regulations on the PGC website under title 58, regulations.
§ 147.674. Issuance of DMAP harvest permits.
(a) DMAP harvest permits will be made available without regard to quota limitations and will be issued through the Commission’s PALS.
(b) Two harvest permits for the DMAP area may be issued each license year to persons who possess a valid Pennsylvania hunting license.
(c) Coupon holders shall submit the completed coupons and remittance as determined by the Director. The fee for the harvest permit is $10 for residents and $35 for nonresidents. A fee of $6 will be assessed for the replacement of any DMAP harvest permit.
(d) While hunting deer, the DMAP harvest permit shall be possessed by the hunter at all times.
(e) In DMAP areas designated by the Director, applicants may apply for DMAP harvest permits without possessing a coupon as long as harvest permits remain available for that area.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!