Obtaining a PA Drivers License
Applying for a Driver's License or State Identification Card
If you have a license from your home country, you can use that to drive in the US for up to one year. If you need the license translated, please visit www.temple.edu/critlang/ to schedule an appointment with someone who can translate your driver’s license.
Visit a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Office:
801 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Columbus Blvd., 1530 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19147
A DMV Official will verify your information in the Department of Homeland Security’s SAVE System
What do you need in order to apply?
- I-94 (www.cbp.gov/i94 )
- Social Security Card, or Receipt letter from SSA or SSA rejection letter
- Verification Letter from ISSS
- Written proof of employment/invitation to Temple (TU Offer of Employment/Appointment letter)
- Original DS-2019 (J Exchange Visitor), Original I-797 (H-1B and O-1)
- 2 proofs of PA residency
Please note that several states, including PA, require that a nonimmigrant have at least six months remaining on your qualifying immigration document to be eligible for a license.
What qualifies as proof of PA Residency?
- Tax records
- Lease agreements
- Mortgage documents
- W-2 Form
- Current weapons permit
- Current utility bills (water, gas, electric, cable, etc.)
Note – For Current Utility Bills: Cellular/Mobile or Pager Bills are not acceptable. If you reside with someone, and have no bills in your name, you will be required to bring the person you reside with along with their driver’s license or ID card, to a Driver License Center.
All documents must show the same name and/or date of birth, or an association between the information on the documents. Additional documentation may be required if a connection between documents cannot be established (e.g. Marriage Certificate, Court Order of name change, Divorce Decree, etc.).