Requirements for Deferred Action Participants to Get NC Driver’s License

What are the requirements for DACA applicants to get their North Carolina drivers license/ID card?

Finally, North Carolina now issues driver’s licenses to participants in the deferred action program.  The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) accepts the two-year work permits from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as proof of a driver’s “legal presence” in North Carolina.     

Before appearing to obtain your driver’s license, you should call your local driver license office, or the NCDMV at (919) 861-3011, to make sure that you have the required documents.  The required documents include: 

1. Proof of age and identity (two forms),

2. Proof of Social Security,

3. Proof of residency,

4. Proof of liability insurance, and

5. Proof of lawful status in the U.S. (you can use your two-year work permit to satisfy this requirement).

How long will DACA applicants’ driver licenses be valid?

DACA applicants will be issued a driver license valid according to their lawful presence document. 

To get my NC driver’s license, does the DMV require a background check or fingerprinting?

No, North Carolina law does not require this.

If you are thinking of applying for deferred action, contact our Raleigh immigration attorney at (919) 714-9779 who can explain the benefits of being a participant in the deferred action program.  We are happy to assist you.

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