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

Required Documentation

Proof of Identity & Residency
  • 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").
2 proofs of Virginia residency
  • If you are living On-Campus, bring a(n):
    • Enrollment/Degree Verification Letter (request it via MyMadison)
    • recent bank or credit card statement (print it from your online banking account)
    • payroll document with your JMU address.
  • If you are living Off-Campus, bring a(n)
    • lease or rental agreement
    • recent bank statement (print it from your online banking account)
    • payroll document
    • utility bill
If applicable:
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and original form I-797 (Approval Notice)
  • Social Security card, if you have one

Process for obtaining a driver’s license:

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. 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
Phone: 804-497-7100

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