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Old Jan 28th 2004, 12:42 am
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Hi there folks

Just a little note to inform anyone applying for a drivers license , came in
on a K1 and got married got my ssn and ead then went down to the local
driving place to apply for a permit and take the written test.

I had everything you could think of but I also had my ead they faxed all my
info down to the main people in Charleston and they said because I had the
ead they needed a letter of employment. I even called them and got through
to the same oaf who had told them it was a no go (at this time i had no
employment). He kept saying because I showed them an ead that meant I was
here to work regardless of what visa I came in on. I would just urge people
to call around before they apply check exactly what they require cause once
they have your info you basically have to follow thier rules. even if they
are flawed

Some offices might have not needed a letter of employment but alas I have a
job now and going to take the test tommorow if the weather is better ( was
closed today)

that's all for now

william
 
Old Jan 28th 2004, 12:35 pm
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Looking at the WV DMV site I can't see how anyone who isn't a US citizen can
get a DL there?! Sounds like they make up the rules as they go along which,
from my one brief trip there, doesn't suprise me at all!

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    > Hi there folks
    > Just a little note to inform anyone applying for a drivers license , came
in
    > on a K1 and got married got my ssn and ead then went down to the local
    > driving place to apply for a permit and take the written test.
    > I had everything you could think of but I also had my ead they faxed all
my
    > info down to the main people in Charleston and they said because I had the
    > ead they needed a letter of employment. I even called them and got through
    > to the same oaf who had told them it was a no go (at this time i had no
    > employment). He kept saying because I showed them an ead that meant I was
    > here to work regardless of what visa I came in on. I would just urge
people
    > to call around before they apply check exactly what they require cause
once
    > they have your info you basically have to follow thier rules. even if they
    > are flawed
    > Some offices might have not needed a letter of employment but alas I have
a
    > job now and going to take the test tommorow if the weather is better ( was
    > closed today)
    > that's all for now
    > william
 
Old Jan 28th 2004, 3:19 pm
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Default Re: driving denied west virginia

I hate to say it but it looks like West Virginia is living up to its reputation here.

Originally posted by Me
Hi there folks

Just a little note to inform anyone applying for a drivers license , came in
on a K1 and got married got my ssn and ead then went down to the local
driving place to apply for a permit and take the written test.

I had everything you could think of but I also had my ead they faxed all my
info down to the main people in Charleston and they said because I had the
ead they needed a letter of employment. I even called them and got through
to the same oaf who had told them it was a no go (at this time i had no
employment). He kept saying because I showed them an ead that meant I was
here to work regardless of what visa I came in on. I would just urge people
to call around before they apply check exactly what they require cause once
they have your info you basically have to follow thier rules. even if they
are flawed

Some offices might have not needed a letter of employment but alas I have a
job now and going to take the test tommorow if the weather is better ( was
closed today)

that's all for now

william
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Old Jan 28th 2004, 3:47 pm
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Default Re: driving denied west virginia

I had the same problem when I moved to Colorado.

I thought I would be smart by going to my local (small) DMV and thus avoid the lines at the main Denver office.

Boy, was I wrong! Although there were no lines, the employees were dimwits. They had never seen an 1-551 stamp before, and that threw them for a loop. First they refused to issue me with a DL. Then they would only issue me with one valid until the date of the 1-551 (about six months), which I refused.

I ended up going to the main DMV in Denver, where although I had to wait 2 1/2 hours to get seen, they knew what a 1-551 was, they even made a call to HQ to complain about the country bumpkins. I walked away with a brand-spanking new 10 year drivers license.

The moral of the story is that at the main city centre DMVs you will wait longer, but they will be more experienced with non-citizens.
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Old Jan 28th 2004, 3:49 pm
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I was at my BMV yesterday to renew my driver's license. All I had was my old license and my EAD. When she saw the EAD she immidiately started about how I need a letter from my employer. I told her that I'm not employed, which confused her. Then she asked me about my green card, and I told her that my application is in process and that in the meantime I'm using the EAD, which is just as valid. Then she checked in some papers and saw that with EAD nothing else was actually listed as required so she issued my license.

You have to realize that employees that don't often deal with immigrants don't really know what they are doing. In my experience giving them as little information as possible is the best thing, because too much info will confuse them. That is why I leave my passport, visa, I-94 at home and only bring my EAD. The passport, the visa and the I-94 do not stand alone as documents with the BMV (they will usually want other things). But the EAD does.
Something that also worked for me - if one office won't do it, try another.
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Old Jan 28th 2004, 4:24 pm
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Oh, by the way... I don't know about other states, but the price of a DL in Ohio increased from $9 last year to $25 this year. So me and my husband spent 50 bucks yesterday to get them renewed, and mine is only good for a year.
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Old Jan 28th 2004, 11:42 pm
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Hmmm... good information to know. I'm in Denver too, and in a few months once my wife is here will be going to get her license. Maybe I'll just go directly to the main office and save ourselves a trip to the local office!


Originally posted by ScousePete
I had the same problem when I moved to Colorado.

I thought I would be smart by going to my local (small) DMV and thus avoid the lines at the main Denver office.

Boy, was I wrong! Although there were no lines, the employees were dimwits. They had never seen an 1-551 stamp before, and that threw them for a loop. First they refused to issue me with a DL. Then they would only issue me with one valid until the date of the 1-551 (about six months), which I refused.

I ended up going to the main DMV in Denver, where although I had to wait 2 1/2 hours to get seen, they knew what a 1-551 was, they even made a call to HQ to complain about the country bumpkins. I walked away with a brand-spanking new 10 year drivers license.

The moral of the story is that at the main city centre DMVs you will wait longer, but they will be more experienced with non-citizens.
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