Visa Classification Codes

Acceptable Visa Classes for Learner's Permits, Driver's Licenses, and Mass ID Cards

The following visa classes are acceptable for processing a learner's permit, driver's license, and Mass ID Card transaction:

  • A-1 through A-3
    • The visa holder is eligible for a learner's permit, driver's license, or ID card only if the customer presents a letter from the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) stating that he/she is not eligible for a United States State Department license and meets all identification requirements.
  • DV
  • E-1 through E-2
  • F-1 through F-2
    • The visa holder must present an I-20 certificate of eligibility.
    • The I-20 should state that the customer is enrolled in a Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, or Vermont school.
    • The visa holder's I-94 must be endorsed with Duration of Status. (The I-94 can be either a paper version from US Customs and Border Protection or a printout of an electronic version downloaded from their website: www.cbp.gov/i94
  • G-1 through G-5
  • H-1B through H-4
  • I
  • J-1 through J-2
    • The visa holder must present a I-20/DS-2019 (earlier known as the IAP-66) certificate of eligibility.
    • The visa holder's I-94 must be endorsed with Duration of Status. (The I-94 can be either a paper version from US Customs and Border Protection or a printout of an electronic version downloaded from their website: www.cbp.gov/i94
  • K-1 through K-4
  • L-1 through L-2
  • M-1 through M-2
    • The visa holder must present an I-20 certificate of eligibility.
    • The I-20 should state that the customer is enrolled in a Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, or Vermont school.
    • The visa holder's I-94 must be endorsed with Duration of Status. (The I-94 can be either a paper version from US Customs and Border Protection or a printout of an electronic version downloaded from their website: www.cbp.gov/i94
  • N-1 through N-2
  • O-1 through O-3
  • Q-1 through Q-3
  • R-1 through R-2
  • S-5 through S-7
  • TN
  • TD
  • V-1 through V-3

Unacceptable Visa Classes

The following visa classes do not prove legal presence, and are therefore not acceptable for learner's permit, driver's license, and Mass ID Card transactions:

  • B-1 through B-2 and B1-B2 multiple (this is tourist or business only)
  • C1 through C-3
  • D
  • NATO
  • W-B
  • W-T

If a customer has a visa classification listed as not acceptable, he/she is not eligible for a Massachusetts learner's permit, driver's license, or Mass ID, but may be eligible for a Liquor ID. Any valid visa is acceptable for obtaining a Liquor ID.

Note: The Social Security Administration does not include any visa information on written denial notices. Therefore, if you do not have a valid Social Security number, you will have to provide evidence of an acceptable visa code in addition to the written denial notice from the Social Security Administration.

*An "A" visa holder is not eligible for a Massachusetts license unless the applicant presents a letter from the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) stating that the identified license applicant is ineligible for a U.S. State Department license and meets all identification requirements.

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