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Why do N.C. driver licenses for immigrants expire on the same date as their green cards?

Ken Little

North Carolina driver licenses are issued with an active term that matches U.S. government-issued documents because those dates establish a legal immigrant’s lawful status to be in the United States and the term of his or her authorized stay in the country, said Brian Smith, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles.

Smith said North Carolina requires proof of legal status to obtain a driver license, so the valid term of North Carolina licenses must coincide with the government-issued term of authorized stay.

The law is the same in most other states, Smith added.


Can an expired drivers license be used as a valid form of identification in North Carolina?

How are N.C. driver license numbers determined? Did they start at 1 and go up?


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