Applying for a Driver’s License or State Identification Card
Who is eligible for a driver’s license or ID? Any F, M or J nonimmigrant in lawful status may apply for a driver’s license or ID card, per state or territorial law. The nonimmigrant must present necessary supporting documents required to verify legal presence in the United States. For a list of required documents, see What SEVP Fact Sheet 1103-02 Applying for a Driver’s License or State Identification Card Updated September 5, 2012 2 documentation must a nonimmigrant present to the DMV? For additional information specifically about accompanying
What documentation must an F, M or J nonimmigrant present to the DMV? For specific requirements for your state, please refer to the DMV website or contact a local DMV office. In general, the nonimmigrant should present the following: • Valid passport with visa (if applicable) • Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record” • Form I-20 (for an F or M student) or Form DS-2019 (for a J exchange visitor) • EAD card (Form I-766 “Employment Authorization Document”), if on post-completion OPT • Form I-797, “Notice of Action,” in cases of a change of status (e.g., from F-1 to H-1B) • Social Security number (SSN) on a Social Security card or a Social Security Administration (SSA) Form SSA-L676, “Refusal to Process SSN Application.” Please visit this SSA website for more information. Does an F, M or J nonimmigrant need an SSN to apply for a driver’s license or ID? No, a nonimmigrant does not need an SSN. In most states, however, the nonimmigrant will need to apply for an SSN.