US Driver License

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A driver's license is an official document which states that a person may operate a motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle, car, truck, or a bus. The laws relating to driver's licensing vary between jurisdictions. Different categories of license often exist for different types of motor vehicles, particularly large trucks and passenger vehicles. The difficulty of the driving test varies considerably between jurisdictions, as do factors such as age and the required level of tuition.

In the US, the issuance of licenses is the authority of individual states. Drivers are normally required to obtain a license from their state of residence. All states currently recognize each other's licenses for short-term visitors, and longer visitors in some circumstances (such as college students), although there are restrictions such as age, and a state may suspend an individual's driving privilege within its borders.

Licensing Laws by States and Districts

Licensing laws vary from state to state. For accurate information, refer to the state's Motor Vehicle Authority's website.


DL for IL:

DL for OH:

DL for WA:

DL for OR:

DL for CA:

DL for MN:

DL for IA

DL for SD:

DL for NE:

DL for KS:

DL for OK:

DL for ID:

DL for NV:

DL for UT:

DL for AZ:

DL for MT

DL for WY: (the official govt site is down for a long time, hence this DMV site could be used as well)

DL for CO:

DL for NM:

DL for ND:

DL for OK:

DL for TX

DL for MO

DL for AR:

Dl for LA

DL for WI

DL for TN

DL for MS

DL for AL

DL for KY

DL for IN

DL for GA

DL for FL

DL for NC

DL for SC

DL for VA

DL for WV

DL for PA'

DL for MD

DL for NJ

DL for DE

DL for NY

DL for CT

DL for RI

DL for NH

DL for ME

DL for VT

DL for MA

Driving license laws and impact on future Legal Immigrants

Driving License is a critical element in the lives of Legal Immigrants. It not only acts as an authorization for driving a motor vehicle but also is used widely as an identification document. As it should be, state motor vehicle departments are strict about issuing licenses. Seemingly innocuous changes in interpreting the rules have terrible consequences for legal immigrants.

See below, on how interpretations of rules have had unintended results:

Michigan Driving License Issue

Indiana Driving License Issue

New DMV factsheet from DHS for nonimmigrants

This is primarily aimed at F, M or J nonimmigrants, however it is useful for all.

More discussions:

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