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    Hi there folks

    Just a little note to inform anyone applying for a drivers license , came in
    on a K1 and got married got my ssn and ead then went down to the local
    driving place to apply for a permit and take the written test.

    I had everything you could think of but I also had my ead they faxed all my
    info down to the main people in Charleston and they said because I had the
    ead they needed a letter of employment. I even called them and got through
    to the same oaf who had told them it was a no go (at this time i had no
    employment). He kept saying because I showed them an ead that meant I was
    here to work regardless of what visa I came in on. I would just urge people
    to call around before they apply check exactly what they require cause once
    they have your info you basically have to follow thier rules. even if they
    are flawed

    Some offices might have not needed a letter of employment but alas I have a
    job now and going to take the test tommorow if the weather is better ( was
    closed today)

    that's all for now

    william



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    Looking at the WV DMV site I can't see how anyone who isn't a US citizen can
    get a DL there?! Sounds like they make up the rules as they go along which,
    from my one brief trip there, doesn't suprise me at all!

    Andy.

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    Hi there folks Just a little note to inform anyone applying for a drivers license , came
    in
    on a K1 and got married got my ssn and ead then went down to the local driving place to apply for a permit and take the written test. I had everything you could think of but I also had my ead they faxed all
    my
    info down to the main people in Charleston and they said because I had the ead they needed a letter of employment. I even called them and got through to the same oaf who had told them it was a no go (at this time i had no employment). He kept saying because I showed them an ead that meant I was here to work regardless of what visa I came in on. I would just urge
    people
    to call around before they apply check exactly what they require cause
    once
    they have your info you basically have to follow thier rules. even if they are flawed Some offices might have not needed a letter of employment but alas I have
    a
    job now and going to take the test tommorow if the weather is better ( was closed today) that's all for now william


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    I hate to say it but it looks like West Virginia is living up to its
    reputation here.

    Originally posted by Me
    Hi there
    folks
    Just a little note to inform anyone applying for a drivers
    license , came in
    on a K1 and got married got my ssn and ead then went
    down to the local
    driving place to apply for a permit and take the
    written test.
    I had everything you could think of but I also had
    my ead they faxed all my
    info down to the main people in Charleston
    and they said because I had the
    ead they needed a letter of
    employment. I even called them and got through
    to the same oaf who had
    told them it was a no go (at this time i had no
    employment). He kept
    saying because I showed them an ead that meant I was
    here to work
    regardless of what visa I came in on. I would just urge people
    to call
    around before they apply check exactly what they require cause oncethey have your info you basically have to follow thier rules. even if
    they
    are flawed Some offices might have not needed a letter of
    employment but alas I have a
    job now and going to take the test
    tommorow if the weather is better ( was
    closed today) that's all
    for nowwilliam


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    I had the same problem when I moved to Colorado.

    I thought I would be
    smart by going to my local (small) DMV and thus avoid the lines at the
    main Denver office.

    Boy, was I wrong! Although there were no lines,
    the employees were dimwits. They had never seen an 1-551 stamp before,
    and that threw them for a loop. First they refused to issue me with a
    DL. Then they would only issue me with one valid until the date of the
    1-551 (about six months), which I refused.

    I ended up going to the
    main DMV in Denver, where although I had to wait 2 1/2 hours to get
    seen, they knew what a 1-551 was, they even made a call to HQ to
    complain about the country bumpkins. I walked away with a brand-
    spanking new 10 year drivers license.

    The moral of the story is that
    at the main city centre DMVs you will wait longer, but they will be
    more experienced with non-citizens.


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    I was at my BMV yesterday to renew my driver's license. All I had was my
    old license and my EAD. When she saw the EAD she immidiately started
    about how I need a letter from my employer. I told her that I'm not
    employed, which confused her. Then she asked me about my green card, and
    I told her that my application is in process and that in the meantime
    I'm using the EAD, which is just as valid. Then she checked in some
    papers and saw that with EAD nothing else was actually listed as
    required so she issued my license.

    You have to realize that employees
    that don't often deal with immigrants don't really know what they are
    doing. In my experience giving them as little information as possible is
    the best thing, because too much info will confuse them. That is why I
    leave my passport, visa, I-94 at home and only bring my EAD. The
    passport, the visa and the I-94 do not stand alone as documents with the
    BMV (they will usually want other things). But the EAD does.
    Something
    that also worked for me - if one office won't do it, try another.


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    Oh, by the way... I don't know about other states, but the price of a DL
    in Ohio increased from $9 last year to $25 this year. So me and my
    husband spent 50 bucks yesterday to get them renewed, and mine is only
    good for a year.


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    Hmmm... good information to know. I'm in Denver too, and in a few
    months once my wife is here will be going to get her license. Maybe
    I'll just go directly to the main office and save ourselves a trip to
    the local office!


    Originally posted by ScousePete
    I
    had the same problem when I moved to Colorado.
    I thought I would be
    smart by going to my local (small) DMV and thus avoid the lines at the
    main Denver office.
    Boy, was I wrong! Although there were no lines,
    the employees were dimwits. They had never seen an 1-551 stamp before,
    and that threw them for a loop. First they refused to issue me with a
    DL. Then they would only issue me with one valid until the date of the
    1-551 (about six months), which I refused.
    I ended up going to the
    main DMV in Denver, where although I had to wait 2 1/2 hours to get
    seen, they knew what a 1-551 was, they even made a call to HQ to
    complain about the country bumpkins. I walked away with a brand-spanking
    new 10 year drivers license.The moral of the story is that at the
    main city centre DMVs you will wait longer, but they will be more
    experienced with non-citizens.


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    Thank you for this information.

    I will marry a Spanish man soon, and now I am 100% we will wait to get his driver┤s license once we leave West Virgina.

    Thanks again!

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