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I heard a lot of discussion about getting the license (in Texas) with an EAD. Did anyone try to get a license with an AP document. It contains DOB and a photo, and it is effectively a visa stamp because it lets you into the country (valid for an year, with more than 6 months of validity left).

So any success/failure stories?

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I heard a lot of discussion about getting the license (in Texas) with an EAD. Did anyone try to get a license with an AP document. It contains DOB and a photo, and it is effectively a visa stamp because it lets you into the country (valid for an year, with more than 6 months of validity left).

So any success/failure stories?

If it is not on the list of eligible documents.... it won't be accepted

Here is a list that Texas uses

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/identificationrequirements.htm


YMMV

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I think it's possible if your local office is up on their stuff. You are a parolee and this document says that parolees are eligible. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/ImmigrationStatusChart.pdf

However, your EAD should arrive very shortly and you stand a better chance of getting through the system with an EAD card. Summer is a busy time at the DPS with teenagers and you will likely have an couple of hours wait. Some offices are more efficiant than others I've learned from experience. If they check documents in the line and send you on your way if you don't have the right stuff, that's good. Other places make you wait in line an hour or more, just to get to the front and told you don't have the proper documentation. You will take a written test (on computer) and a driving test, no matter if you are an experienced driver or not.

With EAD (maybe AP) they will issue you a license to expire on the date the EAD expires, like June 2011.

It will be a temporary visitor license and turned "portrait" orientation.

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If you want a regular license that will expire in six years, you have to go back with the green card, take another photo and pay again. That license will look like this

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Texas does allow you to drive on a foreign license for 1 year.

You will not be allowed to renew online or just get your address changed without going in person to a DPS office and showing your GC and having them verify your SSN. And pay again.


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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Thanks for the response guys.

I don't mind paying multiple times - I just want the license ASAP.

Also, I hope I don't have to take the exam again because I already have a license but lost it from my time as a student (F1 visa).

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