Visa Classification Codes

License and ID

Acceptable Visa Classes for Learner's Permits, Driver's Licenses, and Mass ID Cards

Any visa must indicate an authorized stay in the U.S. of at least 12 months to be eligible for a learner's permit, driver's license, or Mass ID card.

The following visa classes are acceptable  for processing a learner's permit, driver's license, and Mass ID Card transaction

  • A-1 through A-3
    • The visa holder is eligible for a learner's permit, driver's license, or ID card only if the customer presents a letter from the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) stating that he/she is not eligible for a United States State Department license and meets all identification requirements.
  • DV
  • E-1 through E-2
  • E-3 and E-3D
  • F-1 through F-2
    • The visa holder must present an I-20 certificate of eligibility
    • The I-20 should state that the customer is enrolled in a Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, or Vermont school.
    • The visa holder's I-94 must be endorsed with Duration of Status. (The I-94 can be either a paper version from US Customs and Border Protection or a printout of an electronic version downloaded from their website: www.cbp.gov/i94
  • G-1 through G-5
  • H-1B through H-4
  • I
  • J-1 through J-2
    • The visa holder must present a I-20/DS-2019 (earlier known as the IAP-66) certificate of eligibility.
    • The visa holder's I-94 must be endorsed with Duration of Status. (The I-94 can be either a paper version from US Customs and Border Protection or a printout of an electronic version downloaded from their website: www.cbp.gov/i94
  • K-1 through K-4
  • L-1 through L-2
  • M-1 through M-2
    • The visa holder must present an I-20 certificate of eligibility.
    • The I-20 should state that the customer is enrolled in a Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, or Vermont school.
    • The visa holder's I-94 must be endorsed with Duration of Status. (The I-94 can be either a paper version from US Customs and Border Protection or a printout of an electronic version downloaded from their website: www.cbp.gov/i94
  • N-1 through N-2
  • O-1 through O-3
  • Q-1 through Q-3
  • R-1 through R-2
  • S-5 through S-7
  • TN
  • TD
  • V-1 through V-3

Unacceptable Visa Classes

The following visa classes do not prove legal presence, and are therefore not acceptable for learner's permit, driver's license, and Mass ID Card transactions:

  • B-1 through B-2 and B1-B2 multiple (this is tourist or business only)
  • C1 through C-3
  • D
  • NATO
  • W-B
  • W-T

If a customer has a visa classification listed as not acceptable, he/she is not eligible for a Massachusetts learner's permit, driver's license, or Mass ID, but may be eligible for a Liquor ID. Any valid visa is acceptable for obtaining a Liquor ID.

Note: The Social Security Administration does not include any visa information on written denial notices. Therefore, if you do not have a valid Social Security number, you will have to provide evidence of an acceptable visa code in addition to the written denial notice from the Social Security Administration. You must also provide an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure) and a current non-US Passport.

*An "A" visa holder is not eligible for a Massachusetts license unless the applicant presents a letter from the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) stating that the identified license applicant is ineligible for a U.S. State Department license and meets all identification requirements.





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