Who can get a driver’s license in the U.S. and how long is it good for?

The process of obtaining a driver’s license in the United States varies depending on the state, but generally, having a visa is one of the requirements to apply for a driver’s license as a non-U.S. citizen. However, it’s important to note that not all types of visas are eligible for a driver’s license.

Each state has its own specific rules and regulations regarding driver’s license issuance to non-U.S. citizens. Some states allow individuals with temporary visas, such as work visas or student visas, to apply for a driver’s license, while others may have additional requirements or restrictions. A limited number of states allow those without status to apply for, and obtain, driver’s licenses.

Generally speaking, you will need to provide proof of your legal presence in the United States, which can be demonstrated through your visa documentation. Additionally, you may be required to provide other documents, such as your passport, proof of residency, and Social Security number (or an acceptable alternative if you’re not eligible for a Social Security number).

To obtain accurate and up-to-date information about the requirements and process in a specific state, it is advisable to visit the official website of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the state you reside. They can provide detailed information on the necessary documents, fees, and any additional requirements for non-U.S. citizens to obtain a driver’s license. Our expert team is also well versed in driver’s licenses, their validity periods, and other immigration ancillary issues, so please contact us for more!

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