As an international student on an F-1 or J-1 visa, you are eligible to obtain a South Carolina driver’s license. Once you have been in the United States and in active status for 10 days, you can obtain a driver’s license at the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

required documents

To apply for a driver's license or learner's permit, you will need to present the following original documents to the DMV:

  • Passport with unexpired visa
  • Social Security card or letter from Social Security Administration stating you are not allowed to work in the U.S.
  • I-94 card
  • Letter from our office stating you are enrolled at Furman and a resident of Greenville, SC. Letters must be requested 1 week in advance of your visit to the DMV. Submit a request for a letter.

Applicants applying for a driver’s license must also submit a valid driver’s license from their country of origin as proof of driving experience. A qualified translator must also translate a driver's license unless an International Driving Permit accompanies the license.Examples of a qualified translator include: professor or instructor at an area college, university or high school who is authorized to teach a specific language, a person from a company or corporation who is authorized to translate corporate documents by the company, or a translator certified to do translations professionally.

Applicants who cannot show proof of driving experience must first obtain a beginner’s permit and hold it for 180 days before applying for a driver’s license.

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