California Driver’s License

If you are planning in applying for a California Driver’s License, you will need to wait at least 12 days after you enter the United States and your SEVIS record has been registered by WesternU on or after the first day of class and is in Active status.   The 12 day waiting period allows time for all the government databases to be updated with your arrival information.  If you apply prior to 12 days, your application may be denied or delayed.

The DMV will require proof of your birth date and legal status when you apply for a driver’s license. You should be prepared to show the following documents:

  • Form I-20
  • Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record – This may be a white card stapled to your passport or an electronic form if you received a passport admission stamp.  To access the electronic form you will need to go to and print a copy.
  • Passport with visa (if applicable)

You do not need a social security number to apply for a California driver’s license. However, if you are requested to show a social security card, you will need to get a letter from the Social Security office verifying that you do not need a social security number. For more information on obtaining a California Driver’s License, please visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website.

The DMV office in Pomona is located at 1600 S. Garey Avenue, Pomona, CA 91766. Office hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00PM and Wednesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Wait times can be long so it is recommended that you make an appointment before you go.  Be sure to check their website for changes in hours of operation.