Most F-1 visa international students can drive in Wisconsin for up to one year using their home country’s driver’s license. To see a list of approved countries, check the DMV Website
F-1 visa students who are in Wisconsin for more than a year and plan to drive a vehicle must apply for a Wisconsin driver’s license. International students who do not drive but would like an identification card can apply for a Wisconsin I.D. card. This may be helpful for providing identification in the U.S. while being able to leave your passport behind in a safe place.
Follow these steps to apply for a driver’s license or state I.D. at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
- Complete a Wisconsin Driver’s License application or Wisconsin Identification Card application
- If you have a Social Security Number, write it on the application
- If you do not have a Social Security Number, let the DMV staff person know that you do not qualify for a Social Security Number. Only F-1 students who are legally employed qualify for a Social Security Number. The DMV will continue to process your application without a Social Security Number.
- Check the box that you are a “temporary visitor”
- Bring the following documents to the Department of Motor Vehicles
- Valid passport with visa
- I-20 with at least 6 months remaining in your program
- Proof of residency such as a NWTC enrollment summary with your current address
- If you’re applying for a Driver’s License, you will need to take a vision test, a written test and a practical test of your driving skills.
- Drivers Licensing Fees and State ID fees can be found on the WI DMV Website.
Department of Motor Vehicles Green Bay Service Center
942 Vanderperren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
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