How Do You Get a Driver's License for Immigrants?


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For non-U.S. citizens, the residency requirements for obtaining a driver's license vary from state to state, according to USA.gov. Individuals must check with their state's department of motor vehicles to learn about the requirements and application process that applies to them.

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In some states, undocumented immigrants can obtain driver's licenses, explains Lawyers.com. In those states, they either receive the same driver's license as a U.S. citizen or a different category of driver's license. If a state issues a different category of driver's license, it typically bears a distinguishing mark. A driver's license issued to an undocumented immigrant cannot be used for federal purposes, such as voting or boarding an airplane, according to Lawyers.com.

In a state that issue a driver's license to undocumented immigrants, applicants must provide proof that they pay federal and state taxes. They must also provide proof of identity from their country of origin, explains Lawyers.com.

Each state has unique application guidelines and typically requires a vision test, written test and driving test, according to DMV.org. The fee for a driver's license application varies among states. Once non-U.S. citizens receive a driver's license from a state, they can legally drive in all U.S. states, but they should note that driving laws in each state differ, as USA.gov explains.

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