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 

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 (pdf).

Required Documentation:

  • Passport with F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Copy of I-94 document: (obtain I-94 document, click on "Get Most Recent I-94")
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD), if you have been granted one
  • Social Security card, if you have one
  • Proof of Virginia residency (if you are living on campus, you may use an official JMU transcript and if you are living off-campus, you may use a rental agreement or recent bank statement, 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, please visit the DMV's webpage for new residents

Additional Resources

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offers online resources to assist with the process of obtaining a drivers 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. 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

Back to Top