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Hi everyone,

I'm in the state of NJ. I came here on a K1 visa.

I recently receieved my EAD (work permit) card and landed a job offer. I am now considering driving to work.

I have a valid DL from my home country in Jamaica along with an IDP. However, I just realized that I may have resided long enough in NJ (since December 2015) for my country's DL and IDP to be unaccepted for driving. Therefore, I need to obtain an NJ DL.

Having a valid DL and IDP from my home country, would that exempt me from the road test at DMV? That is a concern to me because otherwise I would have to apply for driver's permit and hold it for a minimum of 3 months before I can get an actual DL.

Does anyone know from experience, especially those in NJ?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi everyone,

I'm in the state of NJ. I came here on a K1 visa.

I recently receieved my EAD (work permit) card and landed a job offer. I am now considering driving to work.

I have a valid DL from my home country in Jamaica along with an IDP. However, I just realized that I may have resided long enough in NJ (since December 2015) for my country's DL and IDP to be unaccepted for driving. Therefore, I need to obtain an NJ DL.

Having a valid DL and IDP from my home country, would that exempt me from the road test at DMV? That is a concern to me because otherwise I would have to apply for driver's permit and hold it for a minimum of 3 months before I can get an actual DL.

Does anyone know from experience, especially those in NJ?

Thanks in advance.

I can't speak for the rules regarding international drivers in NJ. But as a rule, many states require that you at least have an EAD, a SSN, and your name on some form of mail proving your address. You also bring along your current DL (they honestly won't care a bit about the IDP). In MD at least you are required to take a 3hr course on risky behavior while driving, a vision check, a simple written test, and then a simple 10 minute road test. All in all, if you are already experienced in driving in the US, you should find it pretty easy. As a visitor to NJ you are authorized to drive for a year on your current license, but since you are now working and have an EAD, you're pretty much a resident now... so yep it's time to go get a license. http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/Visitors.htm the rules for you to obtain a license are here: http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/LicensesNon-Citizens.htm That page also leads to what other additional documents you can use. You are allowed to keep your foreign license in case you need to use it back home. In general the license that will be issued will only be valid for as long as your EAD. You can update it when you have your Green card.


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I have a Uk licence, and NJ didn't require me to do a practical test, but did require the multiple choice knowledge test, which is easy, but heavy on the DUI and blood alcohol questions.

Not sure if they have a list of 'approved' countries that don't require a practical test or not, but that is my experience as a UK licence holder.

NJ will issue you a license valid three months past the expiry date of your proof of your legal presence, which is why I have had three licenses in three years! When you have a new document extending your legal presence, head to the DMV and you can renew it again.

NJ 6 point document leaflet is here: http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/Licenses/ident_ver_posterpint.pdf

Be aware that on a NJ license, if your proof of legal presence document was an EAD card, a 2 year green card, an extension letter, or an I-551 stamp, it will show 'temp immgr status' in the corner, until you get your ten year green card and then it will vanish.

This annoys me no end but no amount of arguing at the DMV will get them to change it to 'limited term' or similar.

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Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
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