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Applying for a Pennsylvania Driver's License

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International students must provide the following documents to obtain a Pennsylvania driver's license:

  • A letter from the Office of International Programs.
  • Passport, visa, and I-94 number
  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.
  • Two documents showing proof of residence.
    • Preferred documents include leases, housing contracts or mortgage papers; utility bills; and W-2 tax forms. The Driver's License Office has been willing to accept other documents, such as a letter from the Office of Residence Life & Housing mailed to their on-campus residence.
  • Social Security Card if you are eligible.
    • If you cannot obtain a Social Security Card, you must obtain a letter from the Social Security Office stating that you are ineligible for one. The DMV will then use the Admission number on your I-94.

Length of time on Form I-20 or Form DS-2019

Students and spouses must have at least one year left before the completion date in section 5 of the Form I-20 or the end date in section 3 of the Form DS-2019 in order to qualify for an initial driver's license. Students applying for Optional Practical Training qualify for a license if the end date of the OPT on page 3 of the Form I-20 is more than one year from the date they apply for a license.

For renewal of Pennsylvania Driver's Licenses, you do not need to have 12 months left on the visa document; licenses can be renewed until the end date on the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.

Nearest PennDot location:

4218 Manor Drive
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM (CLOSED on Mondays)