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Waiting for AOS/EAD.. When can I get Drivers License?

#1 spicer650

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 02:26 PM

Hi, I'm in Ohio and I want to get my drivers license.
I'm in the middle of AOS/EAD and my EAD just got approved (got letter in mail today).

What all do I need to get my DL, what documents do I have to show them?

Do I need to wait for my work permit to get here, then get my SSN and then DL? or can I get my DL already without having my workpermit?
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#2 Eric-Pris

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 02:36 PM

QUOTE (spicer650 @ Apr 6 2009, 03:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, I'm in Ohio and I want to get my drivers license.
I'm in the middle of AOS/EAD and my EAD just got approved (got letter in mail today).

What all do I need to get my DL, what documents do I have to show them?

Do I need to wait for my work permit to get here, then get my SSN and then DL? or can I get my DL already without having my workpermit?

I don't know specifically about your state, but many states require EAD or GC to get a license. When you receive the actual EAD card, you can take that along with Social Security card (which you can get with EAD, if you haven't yet), and passport to the DMV and you will be good to go.
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#3 Bobby+Umit

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 02:41 PM

QUOTE (spicer650 @ Apr 6 2009, 03:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, I'm in Ohio and I want to get my drivers license.
I'm in the middle of AOS/EAD and my EAD just got approved (got letter in mail today).

What all do I need to get my DL, what documents do I have to show them?

Do I need to wait for my work permit to get here, then get my SSN and then DL? or can I get my DL already without having my workpermit?



In Ohio:
(1) Name and Date of Birth and (2) Social Security Number (SSN), if ever assigned. (Ohio Administrative Code Sections 4501:1-1-19, 21, 22). Additionally, non-U.S. citizens are required to provide proof of legal presence before an Ohio driver's license or identification card can be issued.

Legal Presence:
On Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed Senate Bill 184 into law. This new law, among other provisions, requires the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to verify an applicant's legal presence in the United States.

Effective May 26, 2002, Non-U.S. citizens must present appropriate documentation issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to obtain an Ohio identification card or a driver license. A Non-renewable/Non-transferable identification card or driver license is issued with the same expiration date that appears on the appropriate document issued by the USCIS and will not exceed four (4) years. A non-renewable/non-transferable driver license allows individuals to drive in Ohio and other states, but it cannot be renewed or transferred to another state. The individual will be required to present current documents issued by USCIS at the time of every renewal and will not exceed four (4) birthdays. This rule also applies to those under the age of 21.

Non-U.S. citizens who have been granted permanent residency and present a valid I-551 (green card) will be issued a regular Ohio driver license which will expire on their 4th birthday from the date of issuance or the expiration date of the I-551, whichever is shorter. All non-U.S. citizens who are permanent residents will be required to present their unexpired I-551 (green card) at the time of renewal.

Source: Ohio BMV

Edited by Bobby_Umit, 06 April 2009 - 02:44 PM.

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#4 spicer650

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 02:57 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. I guess I'll just have to wait on my card to get here biggrin.gif
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#5 Cino

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 03:42 PM

First of all, every state is different. In your state, Ohio you must have at least EAD.
They will issue a DL which will be expired on the same expiration date on your EAD.
When you get your 2-year Conditional GC, they will issue a DL for 2 years.
When you get your permanent GC (10 year), then they will issue a DL for 4 years like a USC.
I hope this info would have helped you.

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#6 Gary and Alla

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 06:35 PM

QUOTE (spicer650 @ Apr 6 2009, 03:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, I'm in Ohio and I want to get my drivers license.
I'm in the middle of AOS/EAD and my EAD just got approved (got letter in mail today).

What all do I need to get my DL, what documents do I have to show them?

Do I need to wait for my work permit to get here, then get my SSN and then DL? or can I get my DL already without having my workpermit?


Check with state DMV. In Vermont we needed only marriage lisence and copy of I-797C showing we filed AOS. My wife had her SSN one week after arriving and her drivers lisence 2 months before green card.
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#7 Gary and Alla

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 06:38 PM

QUOTE (Bobby_Umit @ Apr 6 2009, 03:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (spicer650 @ Apr 6 2009, 03:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, I'm in Ohio and I want to get my drivers license.
I'm in the middle of AOS/EAD and my EAD just got approved (got letter in mail today).

What all do I need to get my DL, what documents do I have to show them?

Do I need to wait for my work permit to get here, then get my SSN and then DL? or can I get my DL already without having my workpermit?



In Ohio:
(1) Name and Date of Birth and (2) Social Security Number (SSN), if ever assigned. (Ohio Administrative Code Sections 4501:1-1-19, 21, 22). Additionally, non-U.S. citizens are required to provide proof of legal presence before an Ohio driver's license or identification card can be issued.

Legal Presence:
On Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed Senate Bill 184 into law. This new law, among other provisions, requires the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to verify an applicant's legal presence in the United States.

Effective May 26, 2002, Non-U.S. citizens must present appropriate documentation issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to obtain an Ohio identification card or a driver license. A Non-renewable/Non-transferable identification card or driver license is issued with the same expiration date that appears on the appropriate document issued by the USCIS and will not exceed four (4) years. A non-renewable/non-transferable driver license allows individuals to drive in Ohio and other states, but it cannot be renewed or transferred to another state. The individual will be required to present current documents issued by USCIS at the time of every renewal and will not exceed four (4) birthdays. This rule also applies to those under the age of 21.

Non-U.S. citizens who have been granted permanent residency and present a valid I-551 (green card) will be issued a regular Ohio driver license which will expire on their 4th birthday from the date of issuance or the expiration date of the I-551, whichever is shorter. All non-U.S. citizens who are permanent residents will be required to present their unexpired I-551 (green card) at the time of renewal.

Source: Ohio BMV


This says "green card" not EAD. Reads like Ohio requires a green card for DL.

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#8 alienlovechild

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:10 PM

I think the requirements vary on every state. I suggest you visit the website of the drivers services website of your state.

When I applied for my driver's license, I just showed my EAD, marriage certificate and gave my SSN. They also asked my spouse to show his driver's license just to verify my residential address.

Edited by alienlovechild, 06 April 2009 - 10:11 PM.

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 02:41 PM

QUOTE (spicer650 @ Apr 6 2009, 07:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, I'm in Ohio and I want to get my drivers license.
I'm in the middle of AOS/EAD and my EAD just got approved (got letter in mail today).

What all do I need to get my DL, what documents do I have to show them?

Do I need to wait for my work permit to get here, then get my SSN and then DL? or can I get my DL already without having my workpermit?



I'm also in Ohio and I called the DMV. They said I just needed my passport with visa in, the NOA1 for AOS if I had it or if not, a letter from husbands work saying that he worked there, earned x amount and was married to me and was supporting me. Bit random but that's what they asked for! We sent in our AOS documents last week so as soon as I get the first response, I will be going to take my test...
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