Travel Outside the U.S. If you are planning a trip outside the U.S. (this includes Canada and Mexico) and are planning to return, all the following necessary documents must be in order:
Passport, valid at least six months into the future
U.S. visa, valid for multiple entries into the U.S. and valid beyond your proposed return date
Valid form I‑20
Visa (if required) to enter the country you wish to visit
Letter signed by the Registrar stating you are in good academic standing and maintaining full‐time status. (Not always required, but may be useful in some circumstances.)
Current proof of financial support
Pennsylvania Driver's License
Many non‐immigrants and their dependents obtain a Pennsylvania (PA) driver's license or state identification card.
In addition to providing visitors the opportunity to drive, state‐issued photo identification can be a good alternative to the passport.
The license or state ID card may be used when opening a bank account, paying via personal check, or going to bars and restaurants where alcohol is served.
The relevant rules are set by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) under the direction of the Pennsylvania state legislature.
Conditions and Limitations:
Non‐immigrants granted admission to the US for less than one year and those with less than one year remaining on their non‐immigrant document (I‑20, DS‑2019, or H1B/H4 Approval Notice) are NOT eligible to apply for a PA driver's license or state ID card. Exceptions may be available to some students and scholars who have definite plans to stay for a longer period of time.
Generally, visitors who will be in the US for less than one year are expected to use their home country driver's license plus the international driver's permit (in English).
For identification, PennDOT will not accept birth certificates which are issued outside the US.
Applicants must present their Social Security Number. For those who are not eligible for a Social Security Number at the time of application, PennDOT will allow use of the I‑94 number in place of the Social Security Number.
The validity period of the PA driver's license or state ID card will be the same as the validity period of the current non-immigrant document or four years, whichever is shorter.
All applicants are required to surrender any out‐of‐state driver's license or ID card prior to being issued a PA driver's license or ID card.