Requirements for Non-US citizens who are temporarily residing in New Hampshire or who have applied for permanent residency.
Original Driver License or Non Driver Identification
Requirements for an Original Driver License or Non Driver Identification will depend on the driver's status in the country and length of stay. Please see the tabs below for specific information for Permanent Residents, Asylees, Refugees, and Work Authorization Card Holders, as well as applicants Temporarily Residing in New Hampshire.
All applicants should be aware of the following:
- Non-US Citizens who are visiting on a tourist Visa (B1 or B2) or who are here on a fiancée visa (K1 or K2) are not eligible for a New Hampshire Driver License or a Non Driver Identification Card.
- If you are an "A" or "G" Visa holder, please provide a letter of non-eligibility from the US Department of State.
- For a driver license, all Non-US applicants must make an appointment to take a full test (vision, knowledge and road test) unless you are transferring an out-of-state, U.S. Territory, Canadian, or French license not expired more than one year. The knowledge test is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Portuguese, Farsi and American Sign Language. Interpreters for all other languages are permitted to interpret the knowledge test at the Concord DMV only. Interpreters must provide identification.
- If you do not have a valid driver license to transfer or a valid license from your home country, you must take a New Hampshire Driver Education course and must comply with the Driver Licensing Requirement for Minors.
- If you have an EAD card and already hold a NH driver license or identification card and are currently under deportation proceedings, you must provide your new court hearing date in order to receive an extension.
Please contact the Driver Licensing Bureau if you have any questions regarding Driver Licenses or Non Driver Identification Cards for Non US Citizens at:
NH Dept. of Safety
23 Hazen Drive
Concord NH 03305
- Permanent Resident, Asylee, Refugee and Work Authorization Card Holder
- Temporarily Residing in New Hampshire
Permanent Resident, Asylee, Refugee and Work Authorization Card Holder
Permanent Residents, I-551, Asylees and Refugees who wish to apply for a New Hampshire Driver License or a Non Driver Identification card must make an appointment for DMV office. Work Authorization Card holders who wish to apply for a New Hampshire Driver License and Non Driver Identification card must make an appointment for Concord DMV office and provide the following documents:
- Immigration Status
Must provide an original Social Security Card and one of the following:
- Valid I-94 departure card indicating refugee or asylee status.
- Valid passport, visa and I-551 stamp with at least sixty (60 days) left before expiration.
- Valid permanent resident card or valid Work Authorization card issued by the Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services (BCIS) with at least sixty (60 days) left before expiration.
- Driver License Status
- Provide valid out-of-state, U.S. Territory, Canadian, or French driver license; or
- Successfully complete and pass a vision, written and road test.
- If you are under 18 years old you must complete a Driver Education course.
- Proof of New Hampshire Residency for the type of driver license or non-driver identification card you are applying for (REAL ID compliant or non-compliant)
Temporarily Residing in New Hampshire
The New Hampshire DMV may issue a New Hampshire Driver License or Non Driver Identification Card to a Non-US citizen who is living in New Hampshire on a temporary basis under a work Visa or student Visa. Applicants must request an appointment in the Concord DMV office.
To qualify for a license or non-driver identification card, the driver must provide the following original documents which cannot be older than sixty (60) days where applicable:
- A valid Work Authorization Card, or a valid, original passport and one of the following:
- Practical Optional Training card (OPT)
- Visa for attending a learning institution.
- Visa for employment, along with a current employment letter including dependent names, dated within sixty (60) days, signed on company letterhead, stating you are currently employed. We will not accept offer of employment letters nor employment contracts.
- Visa including spouse, partner in a civil union or dependent(s) of the above.
- A valid I-94 with at least two months of duration remaining. If your I-94 is in an electronic format, please print it out at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
- A valid I-20 for F-1 Visa holders and their dependents.
- A valid 2019 for J-1 Visa holders and their dependents, along with one of the following (must be dated within sixty (60) days from the date of application):
- Current letter from a learning institution or class enrollment letter, including dependent names, signed on official school letterhead; or
- Current employment letter including dependent names, signed on company letterhead, stating you are currently employed. We will not accept offer of employment letters or employment contracts.
- Social Security identification card if you are work authorized or a denial letter if you are not eligible to work.
- Home country or out-of-state driver license. Driver licenses from another state in the US, Canada or France are transferrable without testing as long as the license is valid, or expired less than one year. If you are providing a license from your home country, you will be required to pass a full examination (vision, knowledge and road tests), and provide a copy of your driving record/history from your home country. If you are unable to get an official driving record from your home country, a police, criminal or insurance letter may be provided proving that your home country driver license is not under suspension. A notarized translation is required if these documents are not in English. Please note that an International Driving Permit is not acceptable for this requirement.
- Applicants who cannot provide a valid home country driver license or a valid US driver license, or under the age of 18, will be required to complete an approved New Hampshire Driver Education course.
- Proof of residency. Please see our list of required documents for a list of acceptable residency documents for the type of driver license or non-driver identification card you wish to apply for (REAL ID compliant or non-compliant).
- If you already hold a New Hampshire driver license and have changed your status (OPT to H-1B for example), please remember to bring in a currently dated and signed employment verification letter on company letterhead.