The e-Gov system account holder must submit an Original Driver’s License application on the Department’s e-Gov system and send an e-mail attachment of the complete application, outlined below, to OFMDLApplication@state.gov in the Washington Metropolitan Area, or to the appropriate OFM Regional Office e-mail address for the region in which the applicant resides. [1]

The subject line of each e-mail must include the mission name and the transaction number generated by the e-Gov system, e.g., Mission Name – 5000XXXXXX. The subject line of each e-mail must include the mission name and the transaction number generated by the e-Gov system, e.g., Mission Name – 5000XXXXXX. E-mail submissions to the regional offices should include the type of application submitted (e.g., new driver license, renewal, replacement, etc.).

Any applicable fees associated with driver license or non-driver identification card applications must be submitted to the OFM Customer Service Center (CSC) or to the OFM Regional Office which serves the applicant’s state of residence, accompanied by the OFM-approved Payment cover sheet.

Guidelines for a Complete Application by Application Type

Original Driver License:

  • e-Gov Application Submission Receipt
  • Signature Card with the applicant’s signature and the certifier’s signature
  • Photocopy (front and back) of a valid non-U.S. driver license or a U.S. State driver license that has been expired for no longer than six months
    o Color photocopy (front and back) required in the Washington Metropolitan Area
  • Completed Driver License Supplemental Form including the examiner’s signature, date of exam, and Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) stamp from MVA in applicant’s state of residence, or for vision exams only, certification from a U.S.-licensed physician or OFM Customer Service Center staff for applicants located in the Washington Metropolitan Area
  • Reciprocity or service fee, if applicable
    o Acceptable forms of payment: Check or Money Order payable to the U.S. Department of State
    o Completed OFM-approved Payment cover sheet

Note: If a vision test is the only requirement for licensing, the applicant may want to obtain certification from a recognized vision testing facility not associated with a local DMV, since some motor vehicle offices provide this service only in conjunction with testing. For those located in the Washington Metropolitan Area, this service is provided at the Office of Foreign Missions Customer Service Center located at 3507 International Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20520-3303. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Note: The applicant's U.S. driver's license must be surrendered to OFM in exchange for the Department of State driver's license.

First-Time Licensee (Learner’s Permit required):

  • e-Gov Application Submission Receipt
  • Signature Card with the applicant’s signature and the certifier’s signature
  • Photocopy of State-issued Learner’s Permit which the applicant has held for the appropriate length of time
    o Length of time varies by State and applicant age
  • Successful completion of vision, written, and road exams denoted on the Driver License Supplemental Form
    o The Driver License Supplemental Form must also include the examiner’s signature, date of exam, and MVA stamp from MVA in applicant’s state of residence
    o Driver Education Program certificate or Adult Waiver certificate accompanied by a color photocopy of the applicant’s State-issued learner’s permit will fulfill the road exam requirement
  • Reciprocity fee or service fee, if applicable
    o Acceptable forms of payment: Check or Money Order payable to the U.S. Department of State
    o Completed OFM-approved Payment cover sheet

Original Non-Driver ID

  • e-Gov Application Submission Receipt
  • Signature Card with the applicant’s signature and the certifier’s signature
    o If the applicant is unable to sign due to age (e.g., applicant is under the age of eight), the applicant signature box should be left blank

Note: Please see your mission’s or organization’s Administrative Officer for assistance with this process.

Locations for Testing

Several states have indicated that they wish to designate certain offices to provide service to members of the Foreign Mission Community. Many of these states have not yet provided the names and locations of these offices to OFM. As soon as this information becomes available, OFM will communicate it to the Foreign Missions via letter to the administrative officer. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, mission members may obtain service from the following offices:

Maryland – Beltsville, Gaithersburg, Largo, and White Oak

District of Columbia – Bureau of Motor Vehicle Services

Virginia – All Northern Virginia offices

New York – Herald Square, New York City

California – Fresno, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Santa Monica



[1] TECRO and TECO members are to submit all applications to the American Institute in Taiwan at AIT/WGeneralInquiries@state.gov.