This card does not allow you to drive in the U.S. but it serves as official identification which can be used in lieu of your passport while in the U.S.
In order to obtain the State ID Card, you simply need to follow these steps:
Step 1: Gather Documents
- Form I-20 (F1/F2) or Form DS-2019 (J1/J2)
- F1/J1/F2/J2 visa stamp (exception: Canadian students or scholars)
- I-94 record: available electronically at http://cbp.gov/i94. (Note: paper cards are still being issued at all land port of entries so if you receive a paper card, take care not to lose it)
- Proof of Residency*
- Pay Fee (cash, money order or personal check made payable to NC DMV)
*Proof of Residency must have your current local address. Any of the following items can provide proof of residency: apartment lease, housing contract, mortgage statement, cable bill, electric bill etc. If living on-campus, the Office of Residence Life and Housing can provide a letter saying you are living on-campus.
Step 2: Visit the local Division of Motor Vehicles Office and present the above documents.
We recommend using the office located on 2001 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. They will take your picture and your ID card will be mailed within 2 weeks to your address.