Driver’s License & State ID Card
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
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 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:
1: Obtain liability insurance. Liability insurance will cover you as a driver
operating any motor vehicle (regardless of whether you own a car).
2: Gather Documents (these documents are also used for the state ID card)
- I20/Form DS-2019
- Visa Stamp
- I-94 number (can be looked up online
- Proof of residence (apartment
contract, cable/energy/utility bill in your name)
- Proof of liability insurance (not
required for state ID card)
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: www.ncdot.gov/dmv
- Road Test: NC does not honor any
prior driving history you may have, so you will be required to take the road
you pass all of these tests, you will receive your license in the mail within
the above information can be found on the NC DMV website: www.ncdot.gov/dmv
North Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 (recommended location)
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm (appointments can be made by calling ahead)