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Jun 24, 2005
International Driver's Licences & ITIN's Do NOT Authorize Work in the US
- Atty. Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq. Email this article

Dear Atty. Gurfinkel:


I would like to work in the US, but I heard that I need to show a valid driverís license and Social Security Number to an employer, before I can be hired.  But since I am out of status, I cannot get a driverís license from the Department of Motor Vehicles.


I also heard of companies that, for a fee, can help people get an international driverís license and Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), and that I would be able to legally work using the international driverís license and ITIN.  In other words, the international driverís license and ITIN are ďjust likeĒ a DMV issued driverís license and an SS#.


If I obtain an international drivers license and ITIN, will I be able to work legally?



                                                            Very truly yours,



Dear AG:


A non-citizen can work in the US ďlegallyĒ only if authorized to do so by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through a green card, non-immigrant visa (such as H-1B, L-1, E- 12, etc.), a validly obtained work authorization, and similar documents.  Mere possession of a driverís license and SS# does not constitute ďofficialĒ DHS authorization to work.


Many states and the Social Security Administration have made it tougher for illegal aliens to obtain driverís licenses and SS#ís, to prevent illegal aliens from obtaining unauthorized employment, in violation of current immigration laws.


Desperate in their desire to work, non-immigrant aliens, who heard about international driverís licenses and ITINís, mistakenly believe that these documents can be used in place of DMV issued driverís licenses and SS numbers, and allow them to work legally.  But that is not the case. 

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