DC Driving: What to Know Before Getting Your Driver’s License

If you’ve ever had a driver’s license and are moving to a new city, here are some tips on how to obtain a license for your new home state.

If you already have a driver’s license, do not let it expire before obtaining a new one in your new home state.  Write down the number along with the expiration date or take a picture of it with your phone.

Any state will require you to prove your identity, your age, your eligibility, and your residency.  This will typically require two forms of identification.  Your current, unexpired driver’s license will work as a form of identity and age.  You will need a second form of ID such as your original social security card, mail from a utility, or lease sent to you, in your current state.

New to the USA?  You will need a passport with visa, a social security card as proof of eligibility, and letter of employment to apply for a driver’s license.   Don’t forget to bring along your home country driver’s license. Be certain to apply for a new license in the USA before it expires. Each state has their own requirements and driving regulations so make yourself familiar with them before your arrival.

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