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Driver Services

All members of the Foreign Mission Community are required to obtain a driver's license from OFM. Applicants must prove their ability to operate a Motor Vehicle by submitting a copy of their current driver's license and/or a certification that they have met all the driving requirements and passed all the necessary tests of the state in which they reside.

Applicants with a valid U.S. driver's license are required to take a vision test.

Applicants with a valid foreign license are required to take at least a vision test to obtain a Department of State driver's license. In addition, some applicants may also be required to pass a written test.

International Driver's Permits do not qualify as an acceptable driver's license for members of the Foreign Mission Community. Applicants who possess only an International Driver's Permit must take and pass all tests required to obtain a driver's license in the U.S. state where the applicant resides.

OFM maintains the driving records of all individuals who are licensed by the Department. Individual driving records contain the following information:

  • The individual's name
  • DOS license number
  • Class of license and restrictions, if any
  • Status of the license
  • Previous U.S. license, if any
  • Previous foreign license, if any
  • A list of moving violations, if any, to include violations recorded against a previous license issued by one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia
  • Accident involvement, if any, to include accident involvement recorded against a previous license issued by one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

The driving record of any individual licensed by the DMV will be provided, at no cost, to concerned insurance carriers or missions. Requests for driving records must be in writing and on company or mission letterhead. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, records may be obtained by submitting written requests via fax, letter or email to:

Driver Services
Diplomatic Motor Vehicle Office
3507 International Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008-3025
PHONE: (202) 895-3500
FAX: (202) 895-3646

If you are outside the Washington. D.C. metropolitan area, please send requests for driving records to the appropriate OFM Regional Office that serves your area.


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