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Driving in the United States

What do I have to do to drive in the United States?

While the application process may be different in each state, the basic steps are very similar. These steps include talking with your Designated School Official (DSO) about driving rules and regulations, talking to your DSO or RO to make sure you are Active in SEVIS, waiting the proper length of time, registering for a Social Security number (SSN) if required by your state, and submitting the proper documentation. You may also need to pass both a driving and written test. After a successful application process, a DMV official will explain the next steps.

If you have trouble applying for a driver's license, you speak with your DSO, who often has additional resources to help you.


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