After you arrive in the U.S. on your Permanent immigrant visa, you must apply for the driver’s license. It is illegal to drive without a valid driver license. Every state in U.S. has different rules and regulations for motor vehicles. Even though the basic rules are the same, you must verify with the regulations of the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in your state or area.
How to get a Driving License?
You must apply for a driver’s license within 10 days of establishing residency. There are two steps involved for getting a driver license:
- Written Test;
- Road Test.
Step 1: Written Test
The written test is a test of traffic laws, road signs, and driving safety rules. You will get a book (driver’s handbook) to study for this exam. Study it thoroughly. There are 36 questions on the test. You cannot get more than 6 answers wrong in the first attempt and not more than 3 if you are giving a retest. You have three chances to pass the test. You are allowed to take a retest in one visit. If you fail three times, you must wait 7 days before taking the written test again. No written tests are administered after 4.30 pm on regular business days. Visit a DMV office (we will make a prior appointment for a faster service).
After you pass the written test you will be given a temporary permit. If you have never had a license before you may use this permit to practice driving. During all the driving sessions, you must be accompanied by an adult who must be 18 years of age or older holding a valid state license. It is illegal for you to drive alone. You can also take classes from an instructor. Once you are comfortable with driving, take an appointment for a behind the wheel test (road test).
Step 2: Driving Test
To take your driving test, we will make a driving test appointment between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or make an appointment online.
You must provide the following at the time of the driving test:
- Provide proof of financial responsibility;
- State Insurance Requirements (we will assist you with obtaining both documents).
Like the written test, you must pass the driving test in three chances. We will make the appointment once you are fully prepared. For each additional driving test you must pay a $6 fee.
The test normally takes 10-15 min. It is a 100 points test, and minimum 70 is passing. This criterion is subject to change.
If you fail the test all the 3 times you will have to go through the process again and give the written and road test all over again;
If you pass the test, double-check your address before you leave DMV and tell the DMV representative if you have moved or if your address is incorrect.
After you pass your driving test you will be issued an interim license valid for 90 days. Your permanent license will be mailed to you. If you have not received your permanent license after 60 days, we will call local DMV to check the status of your license. Hold onto your interim license in such a case.
- Read the drivers handbook carefully for traffic rules for the written test;
- Look at sample tests on the DMV website. Ask your friends for old question papers to get an idea of the test;
- Once you pass the written test take an appointment for your road test;
- Take some driving classes from a good instructor;
- The instructors charge on an hourly basis. Hence make the best of each class you take. Do not hesitate to ask questions about signal rules, sign boards, or anything else;
- Ask your friends to suggest a good instructor. Do not rely on the recommendation of your HR person for the instructor. That is not enough!
- Instructors will get their own car for the road test;
- During your road test be confident. Follow the rules, look at signs and speed limits, listen to the instructions of the evaluator, and drive safely. If you do not understand an instruction ask the evaluator to repeat it. Do not be in a hurry. Be calm during your test;
- If you pass the test, double-check your address before you leave DMV and tell the DMV representative if you have moved or if your address is incorrect;
- If you have not received your license after 60 days, call local DMV to check on the status for you. Hold onto your interim license with you to provide information when requested. If you don’t get the license for a very long time, contact the DMV office;
- If your name is different on your birth date and/or legal presence document than the one you are currently using, you will also need to provide an additional acceptable document to establish your true full name, such as; a marriage certificate, dissolution of marriage, adoption or name change document that shows your current name;
- Do not drive without your driving license or temporary driving permit.
Our Assisting in Obtaining United States Driver License include:
- Coordinating with local DMV all the requirements and documents for your case;
- Helping you to provide Proof of Residence;
- Providing all necessary materials for preparing for your Written Test and Driving Test and assisting you with translation if necessary;
- Providing information about your state requirements and special procedures.