Obtain a US Drivers License

To be eligible for a Massachusetts Driver’s License, international students must show that their visa status for their program of study, as written on their Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, is at least one year (365 days) in duration. Student’s whose program of study are less than 365 days are NOT eligible for a Massachusetts Driver’s License.

For information on eligibility to drive in Massachusetts using a driver’s license issued from your home country, please see the information on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles website, here.

How to Get a Massachusetts Driver’s License

If students meet eligibility requirements to apply for a Massachusetts Driver’s license, international students must apply in person to the REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES (RMV).

The closest office is:
50 Southwest Cutoff Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (857) 368-8000
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Other locations and more information, including current wait times, can be found on the RMV website here.

A listing of required documentation is available on the RMV website, which includes the following items plus additional documentation:

  1. Social Security Number (or official denial notice) from the Social Security Office
  2. passport
  3. I-20 form or DS-2019 form
  4. white I-94 arrival/departure card
  5. evidence of current address in Massachusetts (e.g. lease or rent agreement, utilities bill, or mail received with address)
  6. current driver’s license from your home country or international driver’s license
  7. method of payment

A checklist of Acceptable Identification Documents is available here.

Driving on a Foreign Driver’s License

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has updated its guidance on ability for foreign nationals to drive in Massachusetts on a driver’s license issued from their home countries/country of residence. The RMV allows individuals to drive the same type of vehicle as provided by the driver’s license issued by the country of residence. Individuals must also have a full translation into English of the foreign driver’s license. When driving, students must also carry their passport, Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, and copy of Form I-94 arrival record to document their student status.

Details on the requirements for driving on a foreign driver’s license are available on the MA RMV website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The guidance by the MA RMV only applies to driving IN MASSACHUSETTS. If you are planning to drive in another US State, please consult the Registry/Department of Motor Vehicles in that State to confirm their regulations.

Other Resources

EducationUSA | (state.gov)