My driver’s license expiration date is tied to my I-94 expiration, but my I-94 has not yet been extended. How can I renew my driver’s license?

The process for renewing a driver’s license which is tied to an expired I-94 is state-specific. In North Carolina and South Carolina, Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices should recognize the 240-day automatic extension period and will issue driver’s licenses for that period of time in which the petition is pending past the expiration date.

To prove eligibility for this type of extension you will need your NC driver’s license number, the expiring I-94 card, your visa, your passport ID page and the I-797 receipt of petition extension. It is possible that you will have to speak with a supervisor at the DMV to explain your situation since not all DMV workers have been trained on extended driver’s licenses in this type of situation.

Please contact Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm by phone at 704-442-8000 or via email with any additional questions or to receive information about other states’ policies.