State Identification Card

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues Virginia State identification cards to individuals age 15 and above who do not hold a learner’s permit or driver’s licenses issued by another state within the United States.  The ID card looks like a driver’s license, but is used for identification purposes only.  You will need to provide the same documents that are listed below.

Driver's License

International students should review the DMV website thoroughly for information on: eligibility requirementsthe application processVirginia practice tests, and documents for obtaining a VA driver’s license.

Required Documentation:

  • Passport with F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019 form
  • I-94 document: (obtain I-94 document, click on "Get Most Recent I-94")
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and original Form I-797 (Approval Notice), if you have been granted these
  • Social Security card, if you have one
  • Two proofs of Virginia residency
    • if you are living on campus, you may use an official JMU transcript and a bank or credit card statement or payroll document with your JMU address
    • if you are living off-campus, you may use a rental agreement and a recent bank statement, payroll document, or utility bill, as these documents will list your local address 

The process for obtaining a driver’s license will include a computer knowledge test, a machine vision screening test, and a road skills test, unless you are a resident of Canada, France, or Germany, in which case the knowledge test and road skills test requirements may be waived. To learn about the requirements for international drivers, visit the DMV's webpage for new residents

Additional Resources

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offers online resources to assist in the process of obtaining a driver's license. One such resource is online practice tests for the knowledge portion of the driving test. You may use this resource to practice prior to taking the test in person.

DMV-Permit-Test.com provides free access to a wealth of driver-related resources, including:

  •  free online permit practice tests based on the actual contents of each State’s Driver Manual
  •  driver's training
  •  frequently asked questions
  •  latest official Driver’s Manuals
Location & Hours of Operation for Local DMV

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Office

Harrisonburg: Customer Service Center
3281 Peoples Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Telephone: (804) 497-7100

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