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    U visa applicants without a DA yet can obtain a Driver's license in Florida

    I wanted to share that I was able to obtain a temporary Florida's driver license (I drove with a paper for almost a month and a half, last week I received the Driver's license "card" on the mail, and is valid for one year)
    My husband will receive his in a few days. If you have questions let me know. Please find out in your own states. We had to show our passports, our marriage certificate, copy of suplement B, copy of suplement A, a copy of our EAD application, uscis receipt application, and our biometrics letters. They are starting to do this. Everytime we got to the DMV, they scrutinized every single paper since they don't see these cases very often. But it's possible. So if you did not get your DA yet, at least you can obtain a temporary driver license.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviba View Post
    I wanted share that I was able to obtain a temporary Florida's driver license (I drove with a paper for almost a month and a half, last week I received the Driver's license "card" on the mail)
    My husband will receive his in a few days. If you have questions let me know. Please find out in your own states. We had to show our passports, our marriage certificate, copy of suplement B, copy of suplement A, a copy of our EAD application, uscis receipt application, and our biometrics letters. They are starting to do this. Everytime we got to the DMV, they scrutinize every paper since they don't see these cases very often. But it's possible. So if you did not get your DA yet, at least you can obtain a temporary driver license.
    Did you have license before or do you have different legal status beside waiting of U visa? Please answer if really it's possible then that's great. I didn't try it because we know it's not possible without EAD card. Please answer my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nipuriya View Post
    Did you have license before or do you have different legal status beside waiting of U visa? Please answer if really it's possible then that's great. I didn't try it because we know it's not possible without EAD card. Please answer my friend.
    1- I've never had a driver's license in the USA. I have mine from my country but it expired like 12 years ago lol. In Florida you can show your country's expired driver's license and doing so you avoid doing an online drug and alcohol abuse course (you pay like $29.00 for the online course). So if you never had a driver's license in your country you have to do the course and show that you passed it. It's not hard, but it's like an 8 hours course. My husband did it.

    2- if you already had a Florida driver's license and it's expired, you just show that license and do not have to do the written and road test. They might ask you for a visa or a I-94, but you just state that you are in process for an especial kind of visa. Never say your status. Once they got all the papers they will tell you that they will scan them and send them to Tallahassee. Tallahassee will contact uscis to verify your documents. Since they cannot provide too much info because it's a delicate case, they will tell them that you are in process. (That's what I presume) They do this because they have to verify your "legal presence". I CAN TELL YOU THAT MINE IS NOT (legal presense) NOR MY HUSBANDS, but they issued the licenses anyways. We went to do this because our attorney office contacted a high DMV officer and she responded it that all our documents are enough to obtain a license. Some other clients have done it, and got their licenses.
    3- I did not have a Florida's driver license in my life. I went to the DMV, they will look and look everything, but I was confident because I was advised by our attorney. I passed the written test, they gave me a receipt.
    4- Road test appointments are like 1 month and a half waiting in our county (Orange). I didn't want to wait and I commited mistake, I've got faster appointment with an approved third party. The problem is that my country's driver's license is expired and they told me to go back to the dmv and get a temporary paper so they can give me a road test (for insurance purposes). I went back to the DMV showed all the papers again, explained why I needed this "temporary paper", but they processed it as a learner's driver's license, and after all they told me that I could drive with a print temporary learner's permit "a paper" (you know, only day time), but I had to wait to get the actual license in the mail from Tallahassee and then take the road test, and get the regular license. I know .. it's confusing...
    In short, if you never had a Florida driver's license before, take the written test and never take the road test at a third party place (I though it will be faster and on top of that I paid extra money), just make an appointment, even if the closest available is in a month, at the DMV only.
    So my experience helped my husband. He took the written and the road test at the DMV.
    His is on the mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviba View Post
    1- I've never had a driver's license in the USA. I have mine from my country but it expired like 12 years ago lol. In Florida you can show your country's expired driver's license and doing so you avoid doing an online drug and alcohol abuse course (you pay like $29.00 for the online course). So if you never had a driver's license in your country you have to do the course and show that you passed it. It's not hard, but it's like an 8 hours course. My husband did it.

    2- if you already had a Florida driver's license and it's expired, you just show that license and do not have to do the written and road test. They might ask you for a visa or a I-94, but you just state that you are in process for an especial kind of visa. Never say your status. Once they got all the papers they will tell you that they will scan them and send them to Tallahassee. Tallahassee will contact uscis to verify your documents. Since they cannot provide too much info because it's a delicate case, they will tell them that you are in process. (That's what I presume) They do this because they have to verify your "legal presence". I CAN TELL YOU THAT MINE IS NOT (legal presense) NOR MY HUSBANDS, but they issued the licenses anyways. We went to do this because our attorney office contacted a high DMV officer and she responded it that all our documents are enough to obtain a license. Some other clients have done it, and got their licenses.
    3- I did not have a Florida's driver license in my life. I went to the DMV, they will look and look everything, but I was confident because I was advised by our attorney. I passed the written test, they gave me a receipt.
    4- Road test appointments are like 1 month and a half waiting in our county (Orange). I didn't want to wait and I commited mistake, I've got faster appointment with an approved third party. The problem is that my country's driver's license is expired and they told me to go back to the dmv and get a temporary paper so they can give me a road test (for insurance purposes). I went back to the DMV showed all the papers again, explained why I needed this "temporary paper", but they processed it as a learner's driver's license, and after all they told me that I could drive with a print temporary learner's permit "a paper" (you know, only day time), but I had to wait to get the actual license in the mail from Tallahassee and then take the road test, and get the regular license. I know .. it's confusing...
    In short, if you never had a Florida driver's license before, take the written test and never take the road test at a third party place (I though it will be faster and on top of that I paid extra money), just make an appointment, even if the closest available is in a month, at the DMV only.
    So my experience helped my husband. He took the written and the road test at the DMV.
    His is on the mail.
    Dear maviba
    I have some questions.your number 2 is applicable for me. In that case I already have driving license that issued from Maryland. I got that license by my f1 student visa status. Now waiting for DA. Do you have any valid visa? Bcz my student visa will expire on December 3rd but I have another 4 years I 20 from my school.i am holding my visa status only for driving license. Which getting more difficult nowadays. Can you tell me which visa you are in right now? I can assume that you you do not have any other legal status besides waiting for DA after your biometrics. Did you see any other people that they able to renew their driving license while waiting for DA of U visa?
    Dear friend I really appreciate your quick response n you are helping us too. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nipuriya View Post
    Dear maviba
    I have some questions.your number 2 is applicable for me. In that case I already have driving license that issued from Maryland. I got that license by my f1 student visa status. Now waiting for DA. Do you have any valid visa? Bcz my student visa will expire on December 3rd but I have another 4 years I 20 from my school.i am holding my visa status only for driving license. Which getting more difficult nowadays. Can you tell me which visa you are in right now? I can assume that you you do not have any other legal status besides waiting for DA after your biometrics. Did you see any other people that they able to renew their driving license while waiting for DA of U visa?
    Dear friend I really appreciate your quick response n you are helping us too. Thank you.
    I came here on a Visa Waiver (Just with passport) more than a decade ago. So.. right now I'm out of status. No visa.

    Did your driver's license expire? When?
    It seems that your state requires to retest if your driver's license if it has been expired more than a year.

    http://www.mva.maryland.gov/drivers/apply/renewing-your-license-info.htm

    Your state issues driver's licenses based on the Real ID act, just like in Florida. They will probably issue a temporary driver's license (one year).
    Last edited by maviba; 11-13-2016 at 06:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviba View Post
    I came here on a Visa Waiver (Just with passport) more than a decade ago. So.. right now I'm out of status. No visa.

    Did your driver's license expire? When?
    It seems that your state requires to retest if your driver's license if it has been expired more than a year.

    http://www.mva.maryland.gov/drivers/...cense-info.htm

    Your state issues driver's licenses based on the Real ID act, just like in Florida. They will probably issue a temporary driver's license (one year).
    My driving license going to expire on 2017 June. And I know I won't be able to get DA before that. Bcz I applied in September, 2015. So I will definitely try to renew my license with those papers what we both have. I hope they can approve me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nipuriya View Post
    My driving license going to expire on 2017 June. And I know I won't be able to get DA before that. Bcz I applied in September, 2015. So I will definitely try to renew my license with those papers what we both have. I hope they can approve me too.
    I hope so too. You have to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviba View Post
    I hope so too. You have to try.
    Maviba when did you apply? Did you contact with your attorney recently? Why they are not issuing DA? My attorney is on vacation. I couldn't contact with her for a while. When I can assume to get a DA. Any ideas?

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    I live in Massachusetts so can i get driver license to ?i dont have the da ayet

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    Quote Originally Posted by legend1979 View Post
    I live in Massachusetts so can i get driver license to ?i dont have the da ayet
    You should go to an DMV and show what you've got. (Passport, suplement A and suplement B, uscis receipt, and biometrics papers if you have them)
    If you are a derivative applicant (like me) you should bring your marriage certificate to show relation. Depends on your situation. Do not reveal your status, just say you are under a special process for a visa for crime victims. If they ask for or a I-94, just say you don't have it.
    Consult w an attorney if you are not sure.

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