DMV Locations Near Blacksburg:
Christiansburg Customer Service Center
385 Arbor Drive
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Driver’s License for J Status
International Support Services recommends that you obtain a Virginia driver’s license as soon as possible if you will drive in the U.S. Even if you do not plan to drive in the U.S., ISS recommends you obtain a driver’s license or state ID card for identification purposes. If you have a driver’s license from your home country, you may drive with it for a short period of time initially, but ISS still strongly recommends that you obtain a Virginia driver’s license as soon as possible. Furthermore, if you are employed by Virginia Tech or become employed by Virginia Tech, you must obtain a Virginia driver’s license within 60 days of beginning employment.
You must wait until 10 days after you arrive and 2 days after you receive a check-in confirmation email from ISS to apply for a DL/ID card. After this time, you can apply for the DL/ID card in person at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will be required to establish your identity, legal presence, two proofs of Virginia residency, and proof of a social security number (if you have one). If successful, you will be given a temporary driving permit and your driver’s license will be mailed to you. There is a fee of $4 per year of validity. Your DL/ID card will expire on the end date of your DS-2019.
- Unexpired foreign passport
- J visa
- I-94 card or print out of I-94 record from: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home
- Two Proofs of Virginia Residency (see below):
- Apartment/House rental contract
- Utility bill
- Monthly bank statement
- Car insurance bill
- For VT employees: payroll check stub issued by VT
- Proof of social security number (only if you have an SSN)
- Current international or home country driver’s license if you have one
You may also be required to take the knowledge and/or road skills test at the DMV if you have never had a driver’s license or if you have a license from another country. You can read the Virginia Driver’s Manual and see a sample driver’s license knowledge exam before testing at the DMV.
Please use this DMV Resource Page:
- to help you prepare for the driver knowledge test
- to become a safer driver
- free online permit practice tests
- driver's training
- frequently asked questions
- latest official Driver's Manuals