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Driver's License & Social Security Application Sessions

Posted By: Mara Therese Ohorodnik    Published: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014

Students who wish to obtain a Michigan Driver's License or Social Secuirty Number (SSN) may do so at a convenient on-campus location between September 25th through September 30th. (See session schedule below). No advance registration is necessary to attend the sessions.

DRIVER'S LICENSE:

Documentation Requirements

The documentation required for these sessions is as follows for all under F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 status:

  1. Passport
  2. I-20 or DS-2019
  3. Two documents proving residency in the State of Michigan. Common examples include: Rental agreement or lease document for your place of residence, a letter from your bank or recent bank statement showing your address, or a blank check showing your address.
  4. PHOTOCOPIES of items 1, 2, and 3
  5. Social Security Document. May include any of the following: Social Security Card (Original only- no copy needed), letter from Social Security Administration listing your Social Security Number (SSN) (ORIGINAL AND PHOTOCOPY REQUIRED), letter from Social Security Administration confirming that you have applied for a SSN (Original only- no copy needed), letter from Social Security Administration confirming that you are NOT eligible for a SSN (denial/rejection letter, also called SSA L-676)(ORIGINAL AND PHOTOCOPY REQUIRED).

SPEED UP THE APPLICATION PROCESS with a driver's license translation:

You can get your driver's license up to 30 DAYS FASTER if you provide the following three documents:

  1. Your original home country driver's license
  2. Photocopy of your home country driver's license
  3. An official English translation of your home country driver's license (unless English already appears on the license). If you do not have an official translation, fee free to use this OISS template:  http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/documents/students/dltranslation.pdf*. You cannot translate your own license. Translators must be either faculty members or graduate students at MSU. Translations must be typed. 

 

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

PLEASE NOTE not everyone is eligible to apply for a SSN. Keep reading for more info.

Question: If I am not employed, can I get a SSN?

Answer: Only international students and scholars who are employed in the US are required to apply for a SSN.

Question: If I am not employed, can I get a SSN?

Answer: It depends on your visa satus, F-1 students must have an employment offer in order to apply for a SSN. So, if you are an F-1 student and you do NOT have a job offer, you are NOT eligible for a SSN. F-2 family members are NOT eligible for a SSN. All J-1 students and scholars ARE eligible for a SSN, regardless of employment status. J-2 family members are only eligible for a SSN if they have US work authorization.

Question: Do I need a SSN for daily life in the US?

Answer: If you are not employed, then no, you do not need it. You can get a bank account, driver's license, apartment lease, everything you need, all without a SSN. A mobile phone contact may be more expensive without a SSN, but you can still have a pay-as-you-go mobile phone.

Question: What documents are required to apply for a SSN?

Answer: Please view documentation requirements listed at the bottom of page 1 here: http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/documents/students/SSNhandout.pdf*

DONT FORGET TO BRING PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO THE ON-CAMPUS APPLICATION SESSION.

If you are not eligible for a SSN but wish to apply for either a Michigan Driver's License or Michigan Identification Card, you are also welcome to come to the application session and request a "letter of ineligibility," which can be used toward your driver's license or identification card application.

 

 

DRIVER'S LICENSE SESSIONS:

September 29, 2014

9am-11pm & 1-3pm

International Center 3rd Floor

September 30, 2014

9am-11pm & 1-3pm

International Center 3rd Floor

SOCIAL SECURITY SESSIONS:

September 25, 2014

9am-11am & 1-3pm

International Center 3rd Floor

September 26, 2014

9am-11am & 1-3pm

Wells Hall- B117

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