Virginia offers driver privilege card to non-citizens

Beginning on Jan. 2, 2021, Virginians may apply for a driver privilege card at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. 

This change in Virginia law, authorized by the General Assembly, creates a driving credential for individuals who are non-U.S. citizens and cannot meet the state’s legal presence requirements, making them ineligible to receive a standard or REAL ID-compliant driver’s license in Virginia. 

Customers may be eligible to obtain a driver privilege card if they meet the following criteria:

are a non-U.S. citizen who is a resident of Virginia

have reported income from Virginia sources or are claimed as a dependent on a tax return filed in Virginia in the past 12 months

do not have a driving privilege that is currently suspended or revoked in Virginia or any other state, to include insurance-related infractions

In order to obtain a driver privilege card in Virginia, the following documents must be provided:

Two proofs of identity (e.g., foreign passport and consular identification document issued by country of citizenship); two proofs of Virginia residency (e.g., monthly mortgage statement and utility bill); proof of Social Security number (if one has been issued) or the individual’s taxpayer identification number (e.g., W-2 form); and tax return documentation (e.g. Virginia Resident Form, Virginia Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return Form or Virginia Nonresident Income Tax Return Form, filed in the past 12 months)

All documents must be originals and are subject to verification; however, printouts of approved online residency documents may be accepted.

The steps to obtain a driver privilege card vary based on a customer’s licensed driving history. Applicants will be required to pass a vision screening. DMV encourages those eligible to make an appointment for the new year, study and prepare for applicable tests at, and organize the documents necessary to obtain a driver privilege card. An interactive document guide, available on DMV’s website, helps to prepare customers for their visit. 

For more information visit Applications will be accepted by appointment only and can be made at

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