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Driver License for Non-US Citizens

Non-US Citizens may obtain a DC driver license if they have a minimum of six (6) months duration of stay in the United States. The DC driver license will expire with the US duration of stay.

Non-US Citizens with an USCIS Notice of Action, Form I-797 may be issued a temporary DC driver license or identification card for the duration of processing time indicated in the notice up to a maximum of 18 months.

Non-US Citizens with visitor VISA status are not eligible to obtain a driver license in the District of Columbia.

If you have an out-of-country driver license, go to Non-US citizens with a valid out-of-country driver license for information and eligibility requirements.

If you are eligible to obtain a DC driver license, you must meet all of the following requirements:


• You have Proof of Name, Date of Birth and US duration of stay/status
• You have Proof of Social Security Number
• You have Proof of DC Residency (2 Required)
• You have met the testing requirement for obtaining a DC Driver license
• You have no outstanding debts to the District of Columbia or unpaid fines for moving traffic violations in other jurisdictions


1. Complete the Drivers License Application [PDF]
2. Provide the required documents
3. Take and pass the vision screening test
4. Take and pass a knowledge test and road skills test (if applicable).
5. Pay the appropriate fees
6. You will receive a 45 day temporary paper driver license, and your permanent license will be mailed to your address of record.

Note: Drivers under the age of 21 who are obtaining a driver license are automatically enrolled in the GRAD Program

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