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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.


Service Locations

To obtain a driver license, you may visit any service location except the Adjudication Services, Brentwood Road Test Office and Inspection Station.


  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. 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.

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