Getting a Driver’s License

This is the important information that you need to know about getting a driver’s license in Delaware.

Do you need a driver’s license?

  • You can drive in the US for up to 60 days with a driver’s license from another country.
  • You must get a driver’s license within 60 days.
  • If you do not have a license from another country, then you must get a license (from the state you live in) before you can drive.

Required documents

To get a license you will need the following documents:

  • Passport (unexpired)
  • F-1/F-2 Students:
    • I-20 (it must be valid for at least 60 days)
    • I-94 card
  • J-1/J-2 Visa holders
    • DS-2019 or IAP-66
  • Social Security Card (or Letter of Ineligibility)
    • If you do not have a Social Security Card, you may request a “Letter of Ineligibility” from the closest Social Security Administration Office:
  • TWO documents that contain your address to prove Delaware residency. For example:
    • Utility Bills
    • Credit Card Statements
    • Auto Insurance policies
    • Bank Account Records
    • Rental Agreements
    • Other non-personal mail postmarked within the last 60 days
      • Note: Mail must have been delivered by the US Postal Service and be postmarked or received within the last 60 days; photocopies or printouts of bills will not be accepted. Non-business letters/cards will not be accepted. Each of the two proofs of residency must be from separate sources and must display the person’s physical address, not a P.O. box
      • If you do not have two proofs of Delaware residence yet, and would like the ELI to send a letter to you by mail, you can request it here: https://apply.udel.edu/register/elienrollmentletter
        • Remember to bring the envelope with you when you go to the DMV

Click here to see other requirements as listed on the DMV website.

DMV Locations

Please click here to visit the DMV website for the addresses of our local DMV offices.
For the Pennsylvania DMV, please click here
For the Maryland MVA, please click here.

How to get a driver’s license (Delaware only)

  1. Go to one of the local DMV offices
  2. Complete a driver’s license application.
  3. Take an eye exam to test your vision.
  4. Take the driver’s license examination. This includes a written test about driver laws and take a driving test on the road (click here for more information on the DMV website).

 

Click here for information about obtaining a license in Pennsylvania
Click here for information about obtaining a license in Maryland

 

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