Hello, I just went to the local DMV today to renew my driver’s license. I’m currently in OPT CAP GAP. The DMV refused my request, the director of the local branch told me they can only renew my DL to the date on my EAD card. I-20, doesn’t count. My EAD card and DL both expire by next week…the director said: “Sorry, not our problem!” And, guess what…even if I can get my H1B approval next week (which is very unlikely), I will have to pay $20 late fee because my DL will be expired by then! Again, the director said: “Sorry, but that’s the LAW” Yea, law, you win. FML. (I’m in OHIO by the way.)
Driving License Renewal
Renewing Driving License when OPT, H1B is expiring or expired is always a problem.
Immigration department and State DMV don’t have coordination.
I personally know folks who were driving with expired Driving License (because their I-94 expired).
Even with receipt notice that was filed with USCIS, DMV wouldn’t renew their drivers license. When you have family with kids, wife doesn’t drive and you got to work , you don’t have option but to drive.
So, you end up driving with expired license and hope you don’t get into trouble and get pulled over.
After you have filed for extension with USCIS, you can remain and work for 270 days from the date when H1B extension is filed. Some officers within DMV are aware of this rule and the will issue DL for 270 days.
If you can use your H1B receipt notice to get DL for like 270 days.
Go to different DMV and try to get DL renewed.
Here in North Carolina, you can get driving license for 270 days with original H1B receipt notice. Ohio should have something similar.
Let me know what happens and do come back to share your experience.