Issuance of driver's license and REAL ID card

Issuance of driver's license and REAL ID card

If you have a Ukrainian driver's license, according to the law of the USA, you have the opportunity to drive a car for a certain time, then you need to get an American license. You also have the opportunity to apply for a REAL ID card at the nearest DMV

How long can I use a Ukrainian driver's license?

According to the law, foreigners arriving in the USA can use foreign driver's licenses for 3 months. The countdown starts from the date they entered the US, according to official documents. After that, your foreign license will not work. To continue driving a car, you need to get a Driver's Permit.

To get a Driver's License in California , you will need:

More information on the website: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/

You need to contact your local DMV branch with the necessary documents. You can find the branch you need by following the link: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/locations/ .

You can use the guide to prepare for the test. Here are all the necessary materials in different languages: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/driver-handbooks/ . You can also find preparatory tests on the website, questions from which you may encounter at the DMV test.

REAL ID is a driver's license or identification card that is also a federal form of identification. It can be used to board a domestic flight within the United States, identify an individual, enter secured federal facilities such as military bases, federal courthouses, and other secured federal locations.

To apply for a REAL ID card, you must provide ONE form of identification from the list below. The document must include the date of birth and full name, patronymic and surname (possible options for non-US citizens are highlighted )

  • A valid US passport or passport card;
  • Original or certified copy of US birth certificate;
  • Valid permanent resident card;
  • International passport with a valid US visa and approved Form I-94;
  • Certificate of naturalization or certificate of US citizenship;
  • A certified copy of a birth certificate from the United States;
  • Valid Employment Authorization Card (EAD) (I-766) or valid/expired EAD with Notice of Action (I-797 C);
  • Valid permanent resident card with Notice of Action (I-797 C) or Notice of Approval (I-797);
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad or Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen;
  • A valid international passport with a “Processed for I-551” stamp;
  • Documents proving eligibility for TPS benefits


More about REAL ID: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/driver-licenses-identification-cards/real-id/ .

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