Applying for a NYS Learner’s Permit or NYS Driver’s License – F-2 or J-2 dependents:
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides eligible persons in NYS with documents necessary to legally drive a car in New York State, and identity documents.
F-2 or J-2 dependents are allowed to drive in New York State using their home country driver’s license and an International Driving Permit if your home country license is not in English. (See the attached article, Driving in the US with a Foreign Drivers License)
You may also wish to apply at the NYS DMV for a NYS Learner’s Permit or a NYS Driver’s License.
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 the F-1 or J-1 principle by the ISSS office. This letter will confirm the valid visa status of the F-1 or J-1 principle and their enrollment either in full-time study, or the J-1’s exchange program at Binghamton University. You can request a Letter of Certification by using the on-line form or by coming to the ISSS office http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/LOC/
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
- Please note: At the time of your application, your I-20 or DS – 2019 must be issued for a minimum of 1 academic year, and 6 months must remain before the program completion date
3. The F-1 or J-1 principle’s 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
4. US Social Security card (you must be employed and have your EAD card from the USCIS to be eligible to apply for a Social Security card or a Letter of Ineligibility from the Social Security Administration
5. 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: http://www.nysdmv.com/forms/id44.pdf)
6. NYS DMV application for the NYS Learner’s Permit or NYS Driver’s License
You may also wish to review the information on this issue at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle’s website: http://www.nysdmv.com/license.htm#driversfromothernations
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. (see attached map)
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: http://www.gobroomecounty.com/transit/TransitRoutes.php 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.