Getting a Missouri Driver’s License

Do I Need a Missouri Driver’s License?

Non-residents can drive in Missouri using a valid (unexpired) out-of-state or foreign driver’s license in English.

If you are an international student or intern, you do not need to get a Missouri driver’s license if all of the following are true:

  • You have a valid driver’s license from your home country.
  • Your foreign license is in English and valid (unexpired).
  • Your vehicle is not registered in Missouri.

If you are an international student or intern, you do need to get a Missouri driver’s license if any of the following are true:

  • You do not have a driver’s license from your home country.
  • Your foreign license is not in English and you do not have an International Driving Permit, also called an IDP (in English).
  • Your foreign license is expired.
  • You have a foreign license in English and own a vehicle registered in Missouri.

For step-by-step instructions on obtaining a Missouri license, please see “Getting a Missouri Driver’s License: 30 Days” (below).

What if I have an IDP?
An IDP, or International Driving Permit, is an English translation of your foreign license. IDPs can only be obtained in your home country. If you have an English IDP, there are a few important things you should know about using it in the US.

  • When driving with your foreign license, you must carry your IDP with you.
  • IDPs are typically valid for 1 to 3 years from the date of issuance, depending on which country you are from. Your IDP should have an expiration date listed on it.
  • If your foreign driver’s license expires before your IDP, you are no longer able to drive in the US. When the license expires, the IDP also becomes invalid.

Getting a Missouri Driver’s License: 30 days

The steps below must be taken within 30 days from the date you begin. Student Verification Letters and Refusal to Process Letters have to be dated within 30 days when you submit them.

Obtain a Student Verification Letter: International students only

  • Complete the Student Verification Form (download on the Hub here). If you are an international student, make sure you provide your US address, not your address in your home country.
  • Turn it into the office of the Registrar.
  • They will issue you a Student Verification Letter, usually within two business days.

Obtain your most recent I-94 admission record: International students only

Internationals who enter the US by car will still receive a paper I-94 (arrival/departure) card. If this is the case with you, you may present your paper I-94 card to the Social Security and Driver’s Examination offices.

Internationals entering the US by plane will not receive a paper I-94 card. Instead, they will simply receive an I-94 stamp in their passport. If that is the case with you, you will need to use an electronic retrieval system to generate a printed version of your I-94 before obtaining a Missouri driver’s license.

If you entered the US by plane, please take the following steps to retrieve your I-94 record:

  1. Go to this page. (You will need your passport information.)
  2. Click “Get Most Recent I-94”
  3. Once you read and agree with the Terms and Conditions, click “Consent and Continue”
  4. Enter the information requested on the following screen (name, birthday, passport number, etc.).
  5. Click “Next” to view the online I-94 record
  6. We recommend that you print this page for your records. You will also need your printed I-94 record if you plan to obtain a Missouri driver’s license.

Visit the Social Security Office: International students only

Closest Social Security office:

6320 Euclid Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64132

No appointment is necessary.
More info »

Documents to bring (must be originals; no photocopies):

  • Passport
  • I-94
  • I-20
  • Student Verification Letter

International students don’t have a US social security number (SSN). Since this is required at the driver examination office, Social Security will give you a Refusal to Process Letter that explains that you are ineligible for a SSN. You must show this letter at the driver examination office.

Visit a Driver Examination Office: All students

You need to take a written test and a road test through a driver examination office. The only exception is for Canadians who have a Commercial License: they only need to take the written test.

Closest driver examination office:

1950 N. E. Independence Avenue
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

No appointment is necessary.
More info »

Documents to bring if you are an American (must be originals; no photocopies):

  • SSN card
  • Out-of-state driver’s license (unless this is your first license)
  • Photo ID (can be a passport or an out-of-state license card)

Documents to bring if you are an international student (must be originals; no photocopies):

  • Passport
  • I-94
  • I-20
  • Student Verification Letter
  • Refusal to Process Letter from Social Security

Take your paperwork to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): All students

At the DMV, you will submit your paperwork from the driver examination office and have your ID photo taken. You will be issued a temporary license card while you wait for the standard one. Arrange for your new license card to be mailed to you unless you prefer to pick it up at the DMV instead.

The closest DMV is:

Grandview DMV
1200 Main Street
Grandview, MO 64030
(816) 316-4835

Hours:
Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm
Saturday, 8am–12pm