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Obtaining a state ID card with an EAD?

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Took me 20 seconds to find...

First official link in Google:

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/DMV/Drivers/Pages/Drivers-Licenses.aspx

Clearly saying:

If foreign born, valid, unexpired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document(s) or acceptable alternatives as outlined below:
Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) issued by DHS (or INS)
Employment authorization document (EAD) issued by DHS, Form I-766 or Form I-688B

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Took me 20 seconds to find...

First official link in Google:

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/DMV/Drivers/Pages/Drivers-Licenses.aspx

Clearly saying:

If foreign born, valid, unexpired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document(s) or acceptable alternatives as outlined below:

Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) issued by DHS (or INS)

Employment authorization document (EAD) issued by DHS, Form I-766 or Form I-688B

...

Yes, we found that page, too. It does not tell us anything about EAD being of use for an ID card for someone who entered the U.S. using a K1 visa.... Thank you.

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Yes, we found that page, too. It does not tell us anything about EAD being of use for an ID card for someone who entered the U.S. using a K1 visa.... Thank you.

It does though. It states that foreign born individuals can use the EAD as ID for the purpose of getting a state ID, along with the other required documents. You are not going to find requirements for state licenses and IDs that specifically single out non-resident aliens that entered via a K-1 visa. The requirements are general, for everyone that is not a US citizen. They won't list what each visa entry type would require. They all require one of those things listed.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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We used my wife's I94 to get the initial license/ID in Michigan. It was only good for 90 days, but saved us the trouble of having to establish state residency when she received her EAD and GC as then it became just a renewal.

Good Luck!


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Does anyone know if the DMV will give me an ID card once I can show them my EAD? (I live in West Virginia) I tried looking on the website but there's nothing written in regards to this topic. Thanks

I got a 5-years valid state ID after going to DMV and just showing my EAD. They most probably looked at the EAD I presented and saw that I was adjusting status from K-1 visa.

I live in California so I don't know if the same thing will happen in your state.


Check my timeline for K-1 visa & AOS details

Conditional Permanent Resident: 16 September 2014

Conditional GC Expires: 16 September 2016

ROC Journey (CA Service Center)

2016-Sep-14: I-751 form, check, supporting docs sent USPS Priority Express

2016-Sep-15: ROC application received & signed for by Lakelieh

2016-Sep-15: NOA receipt date

2016-Sep-19: $590 check cashed by USCIS

2016-Sep-20: NOA/ 1-year extension letter received in mail

2018-Feb-26: ROC case transferred to local office

2018-Mar-06: ROC approved via USCIS website (WAC status check)

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