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									                         Driver’s Licenses
If you plan to own a car while you are here in the U.S., you will need to
obtain a U.S. drivers license. Each state issues its own licenses to allow
residents of that state to drive legally. Although you obtain a license
from the state in which you live, this license will legally allow you to drive
in other states. However, if you move from one state to a different one,
you must obtain a drivers license for the new state within 30 days.

There are a few things you will need in order to obtain a driver’s license
from The Department of Motor Vehicles. The application procedures vary
depending on your state of residence.

For a complete list of the required documentation in the area where you
live, please refer to the following websites:

      DC residents
       http://dmv.washingtondc.gov/serv/dlicense/getlicense.shtm

      Maryland residents
       http://www.mva.state.md.us/

      Virginia residents
       http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/drivers/applying.asp


For the District of Columbia
DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
www.dmv.washingtondc.gov
Address:    Georgetown Park Mall, 3222 M Street, NW, Lower Level
            Washington, D.C. 20007
Phone:      (202) 727-5000
Office Hours:     Monday-Friday 8:15am-4:00pm


(1) The International Driver’s License is good for one year from the date of
    issue.
    The Department of Motor Vehicles will provide D.C. driver’s licenses,
    learner’s permits, or non-driver identification cards to foreign
    nationals who are residents of the United States for at least six
    months and have acceptable documentation. In addition to regular
    driver’s license requirements, you must provide proof of lawful entry
    into the United States with one of the following:
     A valid passport with your I-94 card;
       A valid Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) employment
        card;
     A Resident Alien card;
     Certificate of naturalization or citizenship.
    Additionally, applicants with A-1, 2, or 3 and G-1, 2, 3, or 4
    certifications must obtain a letter from the U.S. State Department of
    the World Bank Office of Personnel stating that the applicant is
    employed by either of these organizations. Please note that the DMV
    accepts original documents only. While it is not necessary to have
    a Social Security Number to apply for a D.C. driver’s license, having
    one can make the application process easier. Since newly arrived F-1
    students who do not have jobs are not eligible for a Social Security
    number, they may need to present a Social Security rejection notice to
    the D.C. DMV.
(2) In order to obtain a D.C. driver’s license you must apply for a learning
    permit (fee $20) and take an eye, written, and road test. Written tests
    are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and
    Vietnamese. Once you pass these tests, the fee for obtaining the D.C.
    license is $39. The D.C. license is valid for four years from the date of
    issue.
(3) In order to obtain a learning permit you must provide proof of name
    and date of birth, and proof of current residency. For proof of name
    and date of birth bring your passport. To provide proof of current
    residency, you must produce one of the following:
     A complete utility bill issued within the last 60 days showing your
        name at your current address.
     An original lease or rental agreement with your name listed as the
        lessee or renter. You may use a handwritten lease if it is notarized
        by the lessee or an authorized representative from a leasing
        company.
     A written statement from a person owning the residence or residing
        with the applicant at the stated residence and a complete utility
        bill of that person and a copy of this person’s valid D.C. driver’s
        license or non-driver’s identification card.
(3) If you have a driver’s license from your country, you may avoid taking
    the road test by producing your license, and also showing either a
    letter from your Embassy certifying that your driver’s license is valid
    or else a typed translation of your license by a certified translator.
    After taking the written test and paying a fee of $39, you should get
    the D.C. license on the same day.
For the State of Maryland
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)
www.marylandmva.com
Address:        15 Metropolitan Grove Road
                Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone:          (800) 950-1682
Office Hours:   Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm; Saturday 8:30am-
                12:00pm (driver’s licenses only)


(1) The International Driver’s License is good for one year from the date of
    issue.
(2) To apply for a Maryland learner’s permit or driver’s license, you must
    schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-950-1MVA if you can
    provide a valid employment authorization card (I-688A, I-688B, I-766)
    OR a valid passport with a valid United States visa and valid I-94 OR
    a valid permanent resident card (I-551) you are not required to make
    a appointment and may visit the office. Also all applicants must
    provide proof of age, identity, Maryland residence, and lawful
    admission. While it is not absolutely necessary for you to have a
    Social Security Number (SSN), having one can make the application
    process easier. Only original documents will be accepted.
(3) If you have never held a driver’s license before you will need to hold a
    Maryland learner’s permit for 4 months before applying for a driver’s
    license. To apply for a learner’s permit you must pass an eye test and
    a written knowledge test and pay a $45 fee, which includes the
    Maryland license fee.
(4) For a Maryland driver’s license, you must take an eye, written, and
    driving test. You must produce a certificate showing that you have
    completed 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours of driving
    instruction, and a 3 hour alcohol and drug awareness course. The
    drug and alcohol awareness course can be taken privately and can
    cost up to $35. In addition, if you have never held a driver’s license
    before you will need to show proof of 40 hours of supervised driving
    with a mentor. The license expires five years from the date of issue.
(5) If you have a driver’s license from your country, you have to appear in
    person to take the eye, written, and driving tests. You will need to
    pay a $45 fee and present your current license along with a certified
    English translation of your license. In addition, you will need to
    produce a certificate showing you have completed 30 hours of
    classroom instruction, 6 hours of driving instruction, and a 3 hour
    drug and alcohol awareness course.
For the State of Virginia
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
www.dmvnow.com
Address:         4150 South Four Mile Run Drive
                 Arlington, VA 22207
Phone:           (866) 368-5463
Office Hours:    Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm; Saturday 8:30am-
                 12:30pm

(1) The International Driver’s License is good for one year from the date of
    issue.
(2) To apply for a Virginia driver’s license or learner’s permit you must
    bring two identification documents (passport, birth certificate, etc.),
    proof of Virginia residency, and proof of Social Security Number (SSN)
    if you have one. If you do not have a SSN, you must provide a letter
    from the Social Security Administration (SSA) stating that you are not
    eligible to have one. To apply for a photo identification card you must
    bring two identification documents and proof of Virginia residency.
    For a complete list of acceptable supporting documents consult:
    http://www.dmvnow.com/webdoc/pdf/dmv141.pdf. Please note
    that only original documents will be accepted.
(3) Unless you have a Canadian, French, or German license, you must
    hold a Virginia learner’s permit for 30 days before acquiring the
    Virginia state license. The fee for the learner’s permit ranges from $12
    to $28 and includes the license fee as well.
(4) To apply for a Virginia driver’s license you have to take an eye,
    knowledge, and road-skills test after paying a fee that ranges from
    $12 to $28 depending on your age and the duration of the license. If
    you are under 19 you have to present a driver education certificate.
(5) If you are a non-resident temporarily living in Virginia, you may drive
    with another state or country’s license (so long as it is accompanied
    by a certified English translation) for up to six months. If you plan to
    become a resident of Virginia, you will need to apply for a Virginia
    license within 60 days of arriving.
(6) Virginia does not recognize all licenses from other countries for
    exemption from the road test. If you present a valid driver’s license
    issued by a U.S. state, territory, jurisdiction, a Canadian province,
    France, or Germany, you may not be required to take the knowledge
    exam or the road skills test, but you must pass an eye test. Canadian
    or U.S. licenses must be surrendered when you apply for a Virginia
    driver’s license. Be sure to photocopy your out-of-state license before
    surrendering it as you may need it for insurance or licensing
   purposes.

Be sure to bring your passport and immigration documentation. Be
prepared for long waits.



Once you obtain your license, carefully obey traffic signals and road
signs and practice good driving habits. The DMV for the state of Virginia
has excellent tips for developing and maintaining good driving habits.

There are many traffic cameras around the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area that photograph vehicles that ignore traffic signals or
posted road signs such as speed limits. If one of these cameras takes a
picture of you, you will receive the picture in the mail along with traffic
tickets assessing fines that you will be expected to pay.

								
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