The Non-US Citizen office establishes driver license policies, procedures, and requirements for Non-US citizens who are temporarily residing in New Hampshire or who have applied for permanent residency. RSA 263:39-a.
Original Driver License or Non-Driver Identification
Requirements for an Original Driver License or Non-Driver Identification will depend on the driver's status in the country and length of stay. Please note that Visa holders and their dependents, such as H-1, F-1, or J-1, temporarily residing in New Hampshire do not qualify for a Non-Driver Identification card. Please use your passport or other international document as a form of identification. However, K-1, I-551, EAD, permanent residents, refugees and asylee holders do qualify for a New Hampshire non-driver identification card.
- All Non-US Citizens must appear in Concord for the first time when applying for a driver license or non-driver identification card. Depending on your immigration status, you may go to any DMV office for future transactions.
- Non-US Citizens who have established residency in New Hampshire should review the requirements for a Permanent Resident, Asylee or Refugee.
- Non-US Citizens who hold a student Visa, work Visa or an Employment Authorization Card (EAD or OPT) should review the requirements for Non-US Citizens temporarily residing in New Hampshire.
- Non-US Citizens who are visiting on a tourist Visa (B1 or B2) are not eligible for a New Hampshire Driver License.
- If you are an "A" or "G" Visa holder, please provide a letter of non-eligibility from the US Department of State.
- For a driver license, all Non-US applicants must take a full test (vision, knowledge and road test) at the Concord DMV unless you are transferring an out-of-state, U.S. Territory, Canadian, or French license not expired more than one year. Please see our Hours and Locations page for testing times. You may bring an interpreter (who must provide identification) for the knowledge test, if necessary.
- If you are under 18 years old and do not have a valid driver license to transfer, you must take a New Hampshire Driver Education course and must comply with the Driver Licensing Requirement for Minors.
- If you have an EAD card and already hold a NH driver license or identification card and are currently under deportation proceedings, you must provide your new court hearing date in order to receive an extension.
Please contact the Non-US Citizen office if you have any questions regarding Non-US Citizen driver licenses or non-driver identification cards at:
NH Dept. of Safety
DMV - Non-US Citizen Office
23 Hazen Drive
Concord NH 03305