Announcement

Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

Driving License for H4 Visa holders in Illinois

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse
X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Driving License for H4 Visa holders in Illinois

    Can someone suggest how a H4 Visa holder can drive in Illinois. Currently H4 visa holders are denied SSN and DMV doesn't issue license without SSN. IDL is not valid in Illinois either.
    Date Applied: March 05
    Processing Type: RIR/EB2
    Case Source: State (Illinois)
    Case Received Date: March 05
    Case Status: Fowarded to Dallas BRC
    45-day-letter: Sometime in June 06
    Labor Approved: Sept 06, 06

  • #2
    See this website. I think they have a temporary visitor driver license program. You will need a letter from SSA saying that SSN cannot be issued to the H4 holder.

    http://www.sos.state.il.us/departmen...visitordl.html

    Comment


    • #3
      Thanks NKM-oct23. This was exactly was i was looking for
      Date Applied: March 05
      Processing Type: RIR/EB2
      Case Source: State (Illinois)
      Case Received Date: March 05
      Case Status: Fowarded to Dallas BRC
      45-day-letter: Sometime in June 06
      Labor Approved: Sept 06, 06

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Driver License

        As for the SSN requirement, bring your ID and legal presence documents to the SSA and get a letter from them saying that you are ineligible for a SSN. If they won't issue it or say they will only issue it if requested by the state, fill out an application for a SSN and turn it in with your documents. They will have to process it and deny it since you are ineligible, and then ask for a "Form SSA-L676 SSN Card Denial Notice" if they don't offer it to you automatically. This is official proof that you are ineligible for a SSN and will be accepted for your driver license.


        Originally posted by moooonwalker
        Thanks NKM-oct23. This was exactly was i was looking for

        Comment


        • #5
          Once you have the "Form SSA-L676 SSN Card Denial Notice" it should be fine, because that's official proof that she's not eligible. I don't know about your State, but I have helped friends do it in California and it's always worked like a charm. One even got a DL when he was here on a tourist visa-waiver.

          Dunno if it works every time, though. Here in CA, the service you get at the DMV is highly dependent on who you talk to, and the supervisors aren't necessarily any better than the regular workers. I was lucky enough to find an expert at my local office and go to him every time. I was trying to get an endorsement for my license and the staff there refused to acknowledge that it even existed. It was in the Vehicle Code, the California Code of Regulations and in two of their publications which we looked at together. I had to come back 3 times, but the 4th time that guy handled my case, added my endorsement in 1 minute and then showed the rest of the staff how to do it.

          Sorry for the rambling, but my point is this: if at first you don't succeed, find another staff member. If it's still a no-go, find another office.

          Best of luck! Let us know how it goes.


          Originally posted by rahulp1
          Hi,

          We are going to Social Security Office next week to get the letter that they can not issue SSN number for my spouse who is on H4. After that we will approach DMV for Temporary Visitor Driving License Permit.

          If somebody has already gone through the process please let us know what to look for.

          Thanks
          Rahul

          Comment


          • #6
            Hey Rahul,
            you need to take the SSN Denail Letter, passport showing that you atleast have 6 months left on the passport, utility Bills showing your current address as proof for Illinois Residency(better on H4 person's name). If you don't have any Utility bills on H4 person name take utility bills on your name and keep Marriage certificate handy(though they might not ask)
            When you go for Drive test make sure the H4 person has insurance on the car they drive. They are asking for a Insurance card on H4 person's name. but if you don't have time. Ask you insurance guys to fax those cards to you. would also be advisable if they can issue a letter that H4 person is an added driver on the card(though not compulsory just as a proof). Thats what I did and it worked for me. Finally a lil bit of freedom for H4s
            Best of Luck
            Last edited by moooonwalker; 14th February 2005, 07:45 PM.
            Date Applied: March 05
            Processing Type: RIR/EB2
            Case Source: State (Illinois)
            Case Received Date: March 05
            Case Status: Fowarded to Dallas BRC
            45-day-letter: Sometime in June 06
            Labor Approved: Sept 06, 06

            Comment


            • #7
              Some enterprise-rent-a-car locations rent cars based on learners permit + home country drivers license. I rented a car, purchased liability, collision and personal accident insurance offered with the car rental. This was sufficient to get past the insurance requirements when I took the test many years ago.
              Last edited by talkative; 16th February 2005, 05:03 PM.
              N400:
              12/07/09 - Receipt Date
              12/25/09 - FP notice recd
              02/25/09 - Interview
              03/29/09 - OL received

              OCI:
              04/19/10 - Mailed
              05/05/10 - Acknowledged
              05/11/10 - Dispatched
              05/20/10 - Email for more docs
              05/28/10 - OCI received

              Comment


              • #8
                Thanks for the good idea, talkative.

                Most of them will actually rent based on a home country driver license only - that's how tourists rent cars, and the insurance you get with the car will be enough for the DMV.


                Originally posted by talkative
                Some enterprise-rent-a-car locations rent cars based on learners permit + home country drivers license. I rented a car, purchased liability, collision and personal accident insurance offered with the car rental. This was sufficient to get past the insurance requirements when I took the test many years ago.

                Comment


                • #9
                  thanks. i indicated the permit because one is not supposed to use home country license once a US drivers permit has been issued. so best get the car based on the permit, at least the time of going to driving test - if they won't rent on permit only, then have somebody with a license rent it and add your name + permit license number as an additional driver. i think an authorized driver gets all coverage of the purchased rental car insurance
                  Last edited by talkative; 16th February 2005, 10:13 PM.
                  N400:
                  12/07/09 - Receipt Date
                  12/25/09 - FP notice recd
                  02/25/09 - Interview
                  03/29/09 - OL received

                  OCI:
                  04/19/10 - Mailed
                  05/05/10 - Acknowledged
                  05/11/10 - Dispatched
                  05/20/10 - Email for more docs
                  05/28/10 - OCI received

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Last edited by moooonwalker; 25th February 2005, 07:38 PM.
                    Date Applied: March 05
                    Processing Type: RIR/EB2
                    Case Source: State (Illinois)
                    Case Received Date: March 05
                    Case Status: Fowarded to Dallas BRC
                    45-day-letter: Sometime in June 06
                    Labor Approved: Sept 06, 06

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Were your immigration documents just issued? In that case, they simply might not have been entered into the computerized verification system and the DMV might be able to do it a few days later.

                      I wouldn't know how long the DHS takes to respond. Back in '01 when a friend of mine applied for a DL in California, it took about 8 months, but that was before the online verification systems so the time should be considerably less now.


                      Originally posted by rahulp1
                      Hi,

                      We went to Driving License Facility. We had passport, I-94 valid for 1+ year, utility bill, car insurance proof. All seemed OK till they started entering info in computer. They said they can not retrieve any info on computer for my spouse so they would have to request Dept of Homeland Security for more info. We as well as DMV will receive a letter from Homeland Security Dept for the next step in 5-10 days.

                      I am not concerned about the letter from Homeland Security Dept. It must be a glitch on their part which caused the info to not appear. My concern is how long do they take to respond to such queries by Driving License Facility. We were told by DMV that it should take 5-10 days (I wouldn't put too much faith on their words). Sometimes you do everything right and still face situations like this.

                      If anyone has faced this scenerio, please advise.

                      Thanks
                      Rahul

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rahulp1
                        Hi,

                        We went to Driving License Facility. We had passport, I-94 valid for 1+ year, utility bill, car insurance proof. All seemed OK till they started entering info in computer. They said they can not retrieve any info on computer for my spouse so they would have to request Dept of Homeland Security for more info. We as well as DMV will receive a letter from Homeland Security Dept for the next step in 5-10 days.

                        I am not concerned about the letter from Homeland Security Dept. It must be a glitch on their part which caused the info to not appear. My concern is how long do they take to respond to such queries by Driving License Facility. We were told by DMV that it should take 5-10 days (I wouldn't put too much faith on their words). Sometimes you do everything right and still face situations like this.

                        If anyone has faced this scenerio, please advise.

                        Thanks
                        Rahul
                        I believe i read somewhere it should take approx less than 1 month to get the records entered. try one more time sometimes your wifes name should have been entered wrong. Also those who take the information at the counter are all new. i guess they are pretty new to this job at Chicago facility. those at rockford are little knowledge full.
                        Date Applied: March 05
                        Processing Type: RIR/EB2
                        Case Source: State (Illinois)
                        Case Received Date: March 05
                        Case Status: Fowarded to Dallas BRC
                        45-day-letter: Sometime in June 06
                        Labor Approved: Sept 06, 06

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Hi,

                          We went to Driving License Facility. We had passport, I-94 valid for 1+ year, utility bill, car insurance proof. All seemed OK till they started entering info in computer. They said they can not retrieve any info on computer for my spouse so they would have to request Dept of Homeland Security for more info. We as well as DMV will receive a letter from Homeland Security Dept for the next step in 5-10 days.

                          I am not concerned about the letter from Homeland Security Dept. It must be a glitch on their part which caused the info to not appear. My concern is how long do they take to respond to such queries by Driving License Facility. We were told by DMV that it should take 5-10 days (I wouldn't put too much faith on their words). Sometimes you do everything right and still face situations like this.

                          If anyone has faced this scenerio, please advise.

                          Thanks
                          Rahul

                          Hi all,
                          We had the same experience in Springfield, IL a few days ago.
                          We are waiting for the letter from Dept of Homeland Security.

                          Thanks!
                          mjadala
                          IL EB3/ RIR
                          Filed in Nov 2004
                          45 day letter received 06/12/2006
                          45 day letter replied 06/12/2006
                          D-05199-*****

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            State Id for H4 visa holders

                            My wife went to the state id(IL) office yesterday, they said she need a SSN. I knwo this is not possible, she went to the SSN office where they gave her a letter of denial. Anyone know how to convince the state id office that H4 dont get a SSN and can still get a state id. I think in their list of documents its the type C document which is missing. List of docs reqd-link below:
                            http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/de...ptable_id.html

                            Any ideas anyone ???

                            Thanks.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Hi rahulp1 and mjdala...

                              did ur spouses get a license yet? or are you still waiting on the letter from Department of Homeland Security? whats the deal... why cant they just simply issue a license...
                              please let me know.... thanks!

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by rahulp1
                                Hi,

                                We went to Driving License Facility. We had passport, I-94 valid for 1+ year, utility bill, car insurance proof. All seemed OK till they started entering info in computer. They said they can not retrieve any info on computer for my spouse so they would have to request Dept of Homeland Security for more info. We as well as DMV will receive a letter from Homeland Security Dept for the next step in 5-10 days.

                                I am not concerned about the letter from Homeland Security Dept. It must be a glitch on their part which caused the info to not appear. My concern is how long do they take to respond to such queries by Driving License Facility. We were told by DMV that it should take 5-10 days (I wouldn't put too much faith on their words). Sometimes you do everything right and still face situations like this.

                                If anyone has faced this scenerio, please advise.

                                Thanks
                                Rahul


                                Hi Rahul,

                                I will be applying for a TDL soon.

                                How soon after ur spouses arrival to the U.S did you apply for the TDL ? and has she rcd the TDL after all the delays ? (Was it 5 to 10 days as told by the DMV or was it longer?)

                                Regards,
                                Shwank

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Got the letter from Immigration office

                                  Hi all,
                                  We got the letter from DMV saying that we got the clear from immigration services...to go ahead with the application.

                                  So, we went to the DMV for the written text....

                                  got the instruction permit..
                                  mjadala
                                  IL EB3/ RIR
                                  Filed in Nov 2004
                                  45 day letter received 06/12/2006
                                  45 day letter replied 06/12/2006
                                  D-05199-*****

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    Drivers License for H4 visa holders in Rockford, Illinois

                                    Hi,

                                    Iam currently in H4 visa in Illinois. I have taken the written test in Rockford centre in Illinois and obtained the driving permit and will be taking the road test soon.

                                    Can somebody, who has taken up road test before, give me tips regarding the same.Heard that they never issue License at the first attempt. is it true?


                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by callmesangee
                                      Hi,

                                      Iam currently in H4 visa in Illinois. I have taken the written test in Rockford centre in Illinois and obtained the driving permit and will be taking the road test soon.

                                      Can somebody, who has taken up road test before, give me tips regarding the same.Heard that they never issue License at the first attempt. is it true?


                                      I got my driver license in NYC at my first attempt!

                                      04/16/09 I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 Sent to USCIS
                                      04/20/09 Applications received by USCIS
                                      04/24/09 I-797C notices sent by USCIS
                                      04/29/09 Biometrics appointment sent by USCIS
                                      05/20/09 Biometrics appointment

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by callmesangee
                                        Hi,

                                        Iam currently in H4 visa in Illinois. I have taken the written test in Rockford centre in Illinois and obtained the driving permit and will be taking the road test soon.

                                        Can somebody, who has taken up road test before, give me tips regarding the same.Heard that they never issue License at the first attempt. is it true?


                                        Well i Don't think thats true. if you can drive well you will get your license in First attempt. try driving on roads around the drivers facility before you take your test. be careful when you shift lanes. also don't go under speed or over speed. under speed can also be the reason for denial. when making a left turn make sure you yield. these are some of the key things you need to make sure you are good at. Also make sure you use the indicators when you turn left or right. best of luck!!
                                        Date Applied: March 05
                                        Processing Type: RIR/EB2
                                        Case Source: State (Illinois)
                                        Case Received Date: March 05
                                        Case Status: Fowarded to Dallas BRC
                                        45-day-letter: Sometime in June 06
                                        Labor Approved: Sept 06, 06

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X