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Driver License Info

Students who wish to drive while they are in the United States must abide by the Department of Motor Vehicles' regulations governing motorist's knowledge of Florida traffic safety laws. Please check the following links for information regarding requirements for non-immigrant students: who needs a driver license and when, what information is required to obtain a driver license, and DMV office locations.

Florida Driver Handbook (requirements for non-immigrants, page 5):

Required documentation for Non-immigrant and Canadian Students:
http://www.dmvflorida.org/drivers-license-identification.shtml
http://www.flhsmv.gov/safetytips/PDFs/DL.pdf

For a list of locations and to make an appointment in Dade county, click:
http://www.flhsmv.gov/offices/miamidade.html

Before you make an appointment with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you should first request a status letter from IMP to take to the Social Security Administration. The DMV requires proof of Social Security Number before they will issue a Driver License, but many international students do not have a Social Security Number. Present the IMP status letter at the Social Security Office and they will provide you with an additional letter stating that you do not have a Social Security Number. Take both of these letters to the DMV along with your passport, I-94, I-20 and two (2) proofs of residential address (click here for a list of acceptable documents http://www.gathergoget.com/checklist/checklist.aspx).

The closest Social Security Office (and a Social Security Office locator) can be found at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/Controller.

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