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Driver’s License & State ID Card

As a scholar at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, you are eligible to obtain an NC driver’s license or NC state ID card. Applications for both are processed at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Both serve as official forms of identification. We recommend obtaining at least one of the two so that you won’t need to carry your passport with you.  

NC State ID Card 

The NC state ID card is only used for identification purposes; it will not allow you to drive in North Carolina or the US.  The card is $10, and it is a great alternative to carrying your passport around. In order to obtain an ID card, gather documents listed below (under “NC Driver’s License”) and visit the DMV. No tests will be required. 

NC Driver’s License 

The NC driver’s license serves as a form of identification and also allows you to operate a motor vehicle in North Carolina and in the US. The application process is detailed below: 

Step 1: Obtain liability insurance. Liability insurance will cover you as a driver operating any motor vehicle (regardless of whether you own a car). 

Step 2: Gather Documents (these documents are also used for the state ID card)

  • Passport
  • I20/Form DS-2019
  • Visa Stamp
  • I-94 number (can be looked up online at
  • Proof of residence (apartment contract, cable/energy/utility bill in your name)
  • Proof of liability insurance (not required for state ID card) 

Step 3: Take Tests (not required for state ID card)

  • Vision Test: You will need to pass a vision test, so be sure to bring any corrective lenses you may have to the DMV.
  • Signs Test: You will need to be able to correctly identify the common road signs.
  • Written Test: The test is made up of 25 multiple-choice questions (must get 20 correct to pass). All information for the signs and written test can be found in the Driver’s Handbook, which can be downloaded from the NC DMV website:
  • Road Test: NC does not honor any prior driving history you may have, so you will be required to take the road test. 

If you pass all of these tests, you will receive your license in the mail within 10 days. 

All the above information can be found on the NC DMV website: 

Winston-Salem DMV Locations 

  • 3637 North Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
  • 2001 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 (recommended location) 

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm (appointments can be made by calling ahead)

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