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Non-US Citizens obtaining a DC driver license
Non-US Citizens may obtain a DC drivers license if they have a minimum of six (6) months duration of stay in the United States. The DC drivers license will expire with the US duration of stay.
Non-US Citizens with an INS Notice of Action may be issued a temporary DC drivers 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 drivers license in the District of Columbia.
If you have an out-of-country drivers license, click here Non-US citizens with a valid out-of-country drivers license for information and eligibility requirements. Only out-of-country licenses that the DMV can authenticate will be accepted.
If you are eligible to obtain a DC drivers 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
- You have met the testing requirement for obtaining a DC drivers license
- You have no outstanding debts to the District of Columbia or unpaid fines for moving traffic violations in other jurisdictions
To obtain a driver license, you may visit any service location except the Adjudication Services, Brentwood Road Test Office and Inspection Station.
- Complete the Drivers License Application [PDF]
- Provide the required documents
- Take and pass the vision screening test
- Take and pass a knowledge test and road skills test (if applicable).
- Pay the appropriate fees
- Obtain your DC driver license.
Note: Drivers under the age of 21 who are obtaining a driver license are automatically enrolled in the GRAD Program.