Driver's License

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the Commonwealth of Virginia is the responsible organization for the issuance of driver’s licenses for Virginia residents.

The following documents are necessary for applying for a driver’s license in Virginia:

  1. Valid passport and visa with most recent Port of Entry stamp
  2. Most recent I-94 receipt
  3. Valid I-20 or DS-2019
  4. Two documents proving Virginia residency (i.e. an original bank statement, payroll statement, medical bills, certified school transcript from R-MC). Based on recent student experiences, the local DMV requires an official R-MC transcript.
  5. Social Security card (if you are ineligible for a SSN, you do not have to present this to DMV)

You will be required to show one proof of identity, one proof of legal presence, and two proofs of Virginia residency, along with proof of your social security number (if you have been issued one).

To determine which documents to bring to DMV when you apply, use the interactive Document Guide, or review the DMV publication Obtaining a Driver's License or ID Card (DMV 141)

Be sure to review the DMV publication Obtaining a Driver's License or ID Card (DMV 141 (PDF))

For many individuals authorized to be in the U.S. temporarily, a driver's license will be valid only for the amount of time that you are legally permitted to stay in the U.S.. You will not be eligible to receive a limited duration driver's license if your authorized stay in the U.S. is less than 30 days from the date of your application. The expiration of the driver's license will be the same as the expiration date shown on the document used to prove legal presence. If the document does not show an expiration date, the license will be valid for one year.

This information sourced from the DMV website.

DMV Customer Service Centers Nearby

North Henrico
9015 Brook Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060-4029

West Henrico
9237 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA 23229-5425

Important Forms and Publications by DMV

For more information about obtaining a driver’s license in Virginia, please visit the Department of Motor Vehicles, Driver Services Section. For answer to any of your queries regarding driving and licensing, please contact DMV.