Applying for a New York State ID Card:

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS DMV) provides eligible persons living in New York State (NYS) with identity documents.

International students will want to apply at the NYS DMV for a NYS ID card. This card will allow you to cash checks and verify your identity when necessary, while you keep your immigration documents at home in a safe place.

To apply for a NYS ID Card you need to bring the following documents with you to the NYS DMV:

1.  A Letter of Certification prepared for you by the ISSS office. This letter will confirm you valid visa status and enrollment in full-time study at Binghamton University

2.  Your immigration documents, I-20 or DS-2019 (you will need the one with the most recent entry stamp, if you have a document issued after your most recent entry, you need both documents) visa and passport, and I-94 card

3.   At the time of your application your I-20 or DS-2019 must be issued for a minimum of 1 year, and 6 months must remain before the program completion date (page 1, item 5 on the I-20) (page 1, item 3 on the DS-2019)

4.   Be sure your name is the same on all of your identity documents

5.   US Social Security card or a Letter of Ineligibility from the Social Security Administration

6.   Additional proof of identity to meet the 6 points of identity required by NYS DMV (see the attached information sheet on documentation to prove your identity to the NYS DMV or go to this website:

7.   NYS DMV application for the NYS ID Card

Directions to the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles:

All persons in F or J visa status must go to the Clinton Street office of the NYS DMV. This is the only office presently equipped with the technology required to process applications where verification of a passport identity pages is necessary.

The Binghamton branch office of the NYS DMV is located at 181 Clinton Street. Clinton Street runs parallel to Main St. in Binghamton. Clinton Street is located between Water Street and Glenwood Avenue in Binghamton.

If you go to the Endicott or Broome County Office Building DMV offices, DMV staff will send you to the Clinton St. office.

You can check on office hours by calling 607-778-2337. Remember office hours may change so be sure to check for the hours during the week you plan to visit the DMV office.  

The DMV Office is open on Saturday mornings. You can reach the offices by taking a cab or by BC Transit bus. (OCCT blue buses do not go directly to Clinton St.) You can review bus schedules on the internet at this link: Speak with the bus driver to learn about transferring between bus routes.

It is against the law to drive a motor vehicle that is not registered, or not covered by auto insurance to the NYS DMV office. The NYS DMV has the legal authority to seize your vehicle and impound it (keep it).You will be ticketed for a violation of the law and you may also be fined.


Last Updated: 8/28/14