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Friday, April 23, 2021

NJ Will Issue Driver's License to Individuals with SSN or ITIN


As of May 1, 2021, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) will no longer require proof of immigration status for driver's license appointments. 

The standard basic driver's license will be available to qualified New Jersey residents regardless of immigration status. This means that noncitizens no longer need to present confusing combinations of receipt notices, EADS, passport, etc., at the DMV to prove their immigration status. Instead, all that one needs is a Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN). The latter can be applied for through the IRS. An affidavit will also be accepted in place of an SSN or ITIN starting June 1st, 2021. Appointments are to be made online on the NJMVC website.

One thing to note is that short-term U.S. residents on a visitor visa may not need to go through the basic driver's license process at all. If you are certain that you will not be in the country for more than a year, you can just use your foreign driver's license to drive for up to a year. 

With the identification process simplified, renewing, applying for, and receiving a driver's license in NJ will be a lot smoother for foreign nationals. Other requirements to get the driver's license, such as providing the six points of identification, remain the same. Applicants should consult the NJMVC website for specific instructions. 

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