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can a person on visit visa apply DL (in CA)?

Old Nov 2nd 2005, 10:21 am
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Can a person on visit visa apply Driver's License (in CA)? if so, since
social security card is required to apply for DL, and nowdays, social
security card is not given to vistors, what's the process? This info
is for a relative.

And how long would the DL validity be? I mean would it be the regular
longevity given to those on F-1 visa or would it be the date shosn on
I-94?
 
Old Nov 2nd 2005, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Vip
Can a person on visit visa apply Driver's License (in CA)? if so, since
social security card is required to apply for DL, and nowdays, social
security card is not given to vistors, what's the process? This info
is for a relative.

And how long would the DL validity be? I mean would it be the regular
longevity given to those on F-1 visa or would it be the date shosn on
I-94?
CA DMV web site.

Usually until the expiry of your status, I 94. If allowed at all.

Why bother? Jsut use your own one, with the International Drivers Permit if approriate.
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Old Nov 2nd 2005, 5:52 pm
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Boiler wrote:
    > > Can a person on visit visa apply Driver's License (in CA)? if so,
    > > since
    > > social security card is required to apply for DL, and nowdays, social
    > > security card is not given to vistors, what's the process? This info
    > > is for a relative.
    > >
    > > And how long would the DL validity be? I mean would it be the regular
    > > longevity given to those on F-1 visa or would it be the date shosn on
    > > I-94?
    > CA DMV web site.
    > Usually until the expiry of your status, I 94. If allowed at all.
    > Why bother? Jsut use your own one, with the International Drivers Permit
    > if approriate.

You mean, use Int'l Driver's License. What's the limit, time-swise, on
using that license provided that the license is valid?


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Old Nov 3rd 2005, 2:04 am
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I travel a lot internationally due to work and the limit usually is a
year from entry. The idea is usually that if you are here (or there)
longer than a year, you are technically a non-visitor and probably need
another visa category, one that usually allows driving permit.
 
Old Nov 3rd 2005, 2:06 am
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And in my case, its not an international drivers license, in past it
was actually my new york state drivers license in conjunction with a
international driving permit issued by AAA. Clearly this varies from
country to country and continent to continent.
 
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Default Re: can a person on visit visa apply DL (in CA)?

Originally Posted by Vip

You mean, use Int'l Driver's License. What's the limit, time-swise, on
using that license provided that the license is valid?
I am feeling generous, 30 seconds to find it:

If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license from your home state or country, you may drive in this state without getting a California driver license as long as your home state license remains valid.

If you take a job here or become a resident, you must get a California driver license within 10 days. Residency is established by voting in a California election, paying resident tuition, filing for a homeowner's property tax exemption, or any other privilege or benefit not ordinarily extended to nonresidents.

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/dl_info.htm#2500
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Old Nov 4th 2005, 4:16 am
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Boiler wrote:
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    > I am feeling generous, 30 seconds to find it:
    > If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver
    > license from your home state or country, you may drive in this state
    > without getting a California driver license as long as your home state
    > license remains valid.
    > If you take a job here or become a resident, you must get a California
    > driver license within 10 days.

This term *resident* is really confusing. Say, for those on F-1, who
moved to another state to attend another school, I guess it falls under
"any other privileg or benefit..." Am I right?

Back to original situation. this person I know got here on visit visa
by getting it from a third country because that was the only way out.
The person needs to apply for asylum. So the person intends to reside
here. What should the person do w.r.t to DL in the long run?

The person has Int'l DL which was obtained when applying for the
passport.

    >Residency is established by voting in a
    > California election, paying resident tuition, filing for a homeowner's
    > property tax exemption, or any other privilege or benefit not ordinarily
    > extended to nonresidents.
    > http://www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/dl_info.htm#2500
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Old Nov 4th 2005, 4:39 am
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Default Re: can a person on visit visa apply DL (in CA)?

No such thing as an International Driving License, the Permit is a translation effectively of your home country license. Whether it is valid in the US depends, most are, some are not.

Everybody's position will be different but I would have thought that someone not intending to return to their home country would be a resident for DL purposes, I am sure residency has a 101 different definitions depending on circumstances.

Ring and ask them would seem the easiest solution.
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