Know when your passport expires! You must always have a valid passport while in the U.S. If you travel home, your passport must be good for at least 6 months when you return to the U.S.
Full-time students may drive on their home country's driver's license while studying in the USA for six months. This does not apply to commercial vehicle drivers.
If you become gainfully employed and wish to drive in the USA, you are required to hold a Virginia driver's license.
If you are a new student, you must report to your International Student Advisor (contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 592-4118) so that your SEVIS record can be registered with the U.S. government. You must wait at least 2 days after you are registered to apply for a driver’s license, and at least 10 days after your initial entry into the United States. Bring the below documents with you to the DMV:
Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
See the DMV website for more information:
3236 Odd Fellow's Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Toll-free: (866) 368-5463
If you already have a valid driver's license from another state in the U.S. and are currently enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited university, you do not need to get a Virginia driver's license unless you become gainfully employed.
DeMoss Hall, Room 2232
8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST