The best way to obtain a driver's license while waiting for your documents: - First get an EAD ( even if you don't plan to work ). - After you receive your EAD, get a SS#. - Take with you the receipt letter from the immigration department saying that your status is pending to the DMV, together with your passport and SS#. The letter from INS showing your pending status is very important! Please don't forget to take that to the DMV. - When you talk to the DMV drones, don't show your EAD card unless they ask for it. - If they ask for the EAD they will probably issue a driver's license for as long as the EAD is valid. -If you don't show the EAD, they will issue a license for up to 7 years!! That's what happend to me. I didn't show my EAD and I got a 7 years license.