How Can I Get a Driving License on an H4 Visa?

Posted by Frank Gogol
Updated on May 19, 2022

If you are in the United States on an H4 visa, you might be carrying your passport with you as a form of ID. This is risky because the last thing you want is to lose your passport.

A much better option is to get some sort of official ID card. A driving license is a good option, as it will not only act as an ID card, but it will also give you permission to drive. Without a Social Security Number (SSN), getting a driving license can be difficult — but not impossible.

In this article, we will give you some advice about getting a driving license while on an H4 visa.

Read on to learn more, or check out our video How Can I Get a Driving License in USA | H4 Visa Holders License!

But I have no SSN — how can I get a driving license on an H4 Visa?

You might think that you do not have any hope of getting a driving license because you don’t have an SSN.

This is not the case. If you go to the Social Security Administration office, and bring your I-94, passport, and H4 visa, they will give you a letter to declares that you are not eligible for an SSN. You will then be able to use this letter instead of an SSN when applying for a driving license.

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Documents Required for an H4 Driver’s License

Once you have your letter from the Social Security Administration office, you will be able to apply for your driving license. Here is the list of documents required for H4 visa holders applying for their driver’s license:

  • Passport and visa
  • I-94
  • H4 approval
  • Spouse’s H1B approval
  • Proof of address (utility bill, for example)
  • Accommodation lease
  • Bank statements (US bank)
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number)
  • International driving license
  • Birth certificate

Not all of these documents are mandatory, and the requirements can vary depending on your location.

Is it the same in every state?

No, the rules can vary from state to state.

Here’s a quick guide to states that have different policies.

Illinois

This state uses the Temporary Visitor Driving License Program. This allows H4 visa holders to get an instruction permit and a driving license.

New York

This state gives licenses based on a points system rather than an SSN. You need six points to get a license. You get four for your passport and one each for health insurance,>bank account, and utility bill.

New Jersey

This state uses a similar points system. You also need six points, but to accumulate them you will need a passport, I-94, SSN denial letter, medical insurance, and an ATM card and a utility bill in your name.

Most other states operate within similar systems; however, you should do your own research depending on the state you are in.

What can I do if I get denied?

If you get a “no” from the DMV, it could simply be a case that the person you spoke to did not know you could do this. Before you give up, try talking to someone else in the DMV or even try a different DMV location. It could make all the difference.

Have you had any experience applying for a driving license while on an H4 visa? Do you have any advice for anyone who is thinking of doing so? Share your thoughts with us in our comments section below.

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