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Q: I live in illinois on a h4 visa.I want to apply for drivers license but there they said that since i dont have a ssn i cannot apply for a license.Then i went to the ssn office where they told me that because of my visa they cannot give me a social security number.I took a letter from them stating the same and went to drivers license place where they refused to accept the letter and said that the social security number is a must.IS there anyway I can drive.For obtaining the state id also they said ssn is a must.
-- abc, usa 09/10/02

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I am also on a H4 Visa and I have a License. A lot of people I know have a license being on a H4. They generally should not deny a license based on this.

When I went to the Social Security office I told them I needed a letter of “denial” so that I could apply for a drivers license. I went back to the Drivers License office with this and gave it to them. They SHOULD accept it and allow you to write your written test. If they don’t, probably the rules are different in Illinois. Ask her what the procedure is for a non-immigrant to get a DLL. Once you get the info, follow it. I’m sure they WONT deny a license just b’coz you don’t have a SSN.

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