Taylor and Associates Law P.C.

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Brooklyn, NY 11233

Taylor and Associates Law P.C.

Driver’s Licensing For Foreign Nationals

Driver’s license issuance/renewal is exclusively reserved for individual states to determine their standards. You should first look at your state’s driver’s licensing agency website for their requirements. Most states’ website provides detailed information regarding how to acquire/renew your driver’s license.

If the website is not clear as to what documents are required for non-immigrant residents, call the state agency and specifically ask whether your timely filed Receipt Notice (Form I-797C) is acceptable. Most states will accept certain receipt notices along with your most recent approval notice, and other documentation of your place of residence and identity, to issue/renew your driver’s license.

It would be best to contact the main state agency office before visiting your local agency office, as sometimes the local agency office is not fully aware of the state laws/regulations regarding non-immigrants; that way if you receive resistant when you go to the local agency, you will be armed with the correct documentation and knowledge. Do not be reticent to ask to speak to a supervisor if the local agency representative does not renew or issue you a driver’s license based on a reason that is contrary to your state laws.

When you visit the local agency take at least the following documents in addition to the documents required by your state driver license agency

  1. Valid (unexpired and not due to expire within the next 6 months) Passport.
  2. Current Visa (may have expired or about to expire) that should be stamped in your passport.
  3. Current I-94 (may have expired or about to expire) that you receive on your last date of entry into the U.S. or most recent approval notice, whichever is most recently received by you.
  4. Form I-797C Receipt Notice evidencing that you filed the request to extend your stay [prior to the expiration of your most recent I-94.
  5. A copy of any state law or regulation that supports your ability to get or renew your driver’s license based on timely filing a request to extend your stay in the U.S.

You can visit https://www.usa.gov/motor-vehicle-services for one stop location for all states’ motor vehicle services.

Art Matthews, Esq.

Taylor and Associates Law P.C. is an Immigration
Law Firm Located in Brooklyn,NY. Contact us today
on (888) 912-5152 for all your Immigration needs.

Art Matthews, Esq.

Taylor and Associates Law P.C. is an Immigration
Law Firm Located in Brooklyn,NY. Contact us today
on (888) 912-5152 for all your Immigration needs.