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Obtaining Important Documents

While in the U.S., as an international student, you may want or need to obtain a state-issued driver's license or a Social Security card. We want to help make sure you have all of the necessary documents.

Social Security Card

You may need a Social Security card so you can work, obtain a driver's license, or in order to open a bank account. To get a Social Security card, you'll need:

  • An I-94 Arrival/Departure printout.
  • An F-1 student visa.
  • Letter to prove employment status when applicable.
Social Security Card Information

Driver's License

You may want a driver's license so you can drive to school and to work. To obtain a Tennessee driver's license, you'll need:

  • A Social Security card.
  • A valid passport.
  • I-94 Arrival/departure printout (must show you have been in the U.S. for a minimum of 10 days).
  • Form I-20 that proves you have a minimum of 6 months left in the U.S.
State of Tennessee's Driver Services

Travel and Reentry

If you want to travel to a country outside the United States, you'll need:

  • Valid passport
  • F-1 visa
  • Form I-20
  • Entry stamp
  • I-94
Travel and Re-Entry Documents

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please call or email us.

Jane Campbell
International Student Affairs Coordinator
(731) 352-6375
campbellj@bethelu.edu