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Application for a driver’s license in West Virginia

 

First-time applicants

Applicants who have never held a driving license or ID card, who are transferring a license from out-of state, or who have a West Virginia license that has been expired for more than six (6) months are first-time applicants. The following documents are required by first-time applicants:

  • A certified birth certificate.
  • Social Security Card (non-laminated, non-metal).
  • Two (2) proofs of West Virginia physical address from the approved list of residency documents.
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18 and is applying for an instruction permit or license, a valid school enrollment form is also required.
  • If the applicant’s name has changed, then an original or a certified copy of a certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order is also required. (Additional documents may be required if a connection between the documents can not be established.)
  • Applicants who are applying for a West Virginia driver's license and are transferring a license from another state, must also submit their license from the previous state or present a certified driving record from his/her previous state.


Immigrants

Immigrants who are applying for learners permit, driver's license or identification card are required to provide the following documents.

One of the following documents:

An INS Form I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card

A valid Temporary I-551 stamp in Foreign Passport (with English translation) or on INS Form I-94

Valid re-entries permit INS Form I-327

Required

Social Security Card

2 Proofs of WV residency

 

Non-Immigrants

Non-Immigrants applying for learners permit, driver's license or identification card are required to provide the following documents.

Social Security Card

2 Proofs of WV residency

A valid foreign passport with English translation

A form I-94

A visa issued by the United States if the applicant is from a nation whose citizens are required by the United States to obtain a visa.

All original INS documents to verify status and length of authorized stay.

If the applicants status id F-1 or F-2 a form I-20 and a written verification of attendance at the school listed on from I-20 is required.

If the applicant’s status is H1-A, H1-B, H-3, or H-4, written verification from employer is required.

If the applicant’s status is J-1, or J-2, a form IAP-66 and written verification of attendance at the school listed on from IAP-66 is also required.

Refugee

Refugees applying for learner’s permit, driver's license or identification cards are required to provide the following documents.

Social Security Card

INS Form I-94 showing grant of refugee status

A Reception and Placement Program Assurance Form
written verification of identity and WV residency presented by an employee of sponsoring organization approved by the United States Department of State to resettle refugees in WV.

Applicants who are refugees who do not have an approved sponsoring organization or an asylee shall provide the following.

2 proofs of WV residency

Social Security Card

Form INS I-94 stamped Refugee/ Asylee

Form I-688 B and I-766 Employment Authorization Document

 

New Resident

After establishing residency, new residents who want to drive in WV must apply for a WV driver's license within 30 days. If you have a valid non-expired out-of -state license, you are eligible to transfer the license. You are required to pass a vision test, complete a brief alcohol awareness course and surrender your out-of state license before a WV license will be issued. A transfer applicant must present all acceptable documents that are required for a first-time applicant. A written examination is also required for applicants under the age of 18. If you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license the Division will transfer the endorsement for an additional fee of $5.00.

If the out-of-state license is expired, you take all examination tests, vision, written and road skill examination’s before making application for a driver's license.
A new resident who does not have possession of the out-of-state license, must obtain a certified driving record from the state in which they where previously licensed.

If your out-of–state license is suspended or revoked, you will not be licensed in WV, until you receive a “clearance” in the PDPS. It is illegal to drive in WV with a suspended or revoked license. All applicants for a WV driving license must be verified with the PDPS, the Problem Driver Pointer System. It is important to confirm that you are not under suspension in any other jurisdiction before attempting to obtain a license in WV.

 

A Word About the Problem Driver Pointer System

All driver's license applicants are subject to a review of their driving records through the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS), a national driver registry designed to track violations and suspensions from state-to-state. If you have previously received a violation in another state, make sure to satisfy any citations and suspensions you may have pending before applying for a West Virginia driver's license.

 

Where to Go

All types of instruction permits and driving licenses may be obtained at one of the Division of Motor Vehicles Regional Offices or any Division of Motor Vehicles Exam Centers on a rotating schedule.

http://www.wvdot.com/6_MOTORISTS/DMV/6g1a_licenseinfo.htm#First-time applicants

 

 

 


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