Applying for a State ID or Driver's License

Whether you are looking for an additional form of identification or hoping to drive a car while at Amherst, read on for more information about state IDs and driver's licenses in Massachusetts.

Need some advice?

The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) offers advising during designated drop-in hours as well as by appoinment. Some of the common topics that we cover include:

  • F-1 and J-1 status maintenance and regulations
  • On-campus employment
  • Off-campus employment
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Travel and travel signatures
  • Leaves of absence and status changes
  • Resource referrals

Spring 2018 Drop-In Advising Hours*

Mondays: 2pm-4pm
Wednesdays: 2pm-4pm
Fridays: 10am - 12pm


Getting ready to travel? Be sure to plan ahead!

Check out the topics below for more information about various types of international travel for visa-holding students. In this section, you'll also find information about how to request a graduation invitation letter for your family members' visitor visa application, as well as how to apply for a Massachusetts state ID card or driver's license. Have a travel question that isn't covered here? Contact us via email.

General Travel & Arrival Information for New Students

No doubt you are already busy getting ready for your journey to Amherst College! As you begin to make the necessary arrangements please be sure to review this important information regarding travel, arrival, and Pre-Orientation. You’ll also want to keep in mind some key dates and procedures.

Know Your Rights

Now more than ever, it is very important for you to understand the rights you have in the US as an international student.

While the content on this page should not be considered legal advice, it is intended to serve as guidance. For legal counsel, please reach out to the Center for International Student Engagement to connect you with an immigration attorney.

Important Terms You Should Know

Below you will find some common immigration-related terms and acronyms used on our website and elsewhere.

We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with these terms and their definitions. And when in doubt, always feel free to email us.