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How to proceed when I get a misdemeanor 12500a vc for driving without a CA license, though I had CA permit and International DL?

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You don't need a SSN to get a license in California. You just need to show legal presence.

If you are legally present in the US, but ineligible for an SSN, you are exempt from SSN requirements. However, you must still provide an acceptable Identity document for any DL/ID card application OR provide a valid SSN.
I stand corrected. I forgot that California is one of the states that freely gives drivers license to illegal immigrants, who of course don't have an SSN.
 

cbg

I'm a Northern Girl
If the OP is here on a J visa, he is not here illegally. However, it takes time for a visa holder to get an SSN. And as I recall, Neil, you yourself are an immigrant here, but you are here legally (we presume). So your inference that all immigrants are illegal and that no one without an SSN can be here legally are both incorrect.
 

LdiJ

Senior Member
If the OP is here on a J visa, he is not here illegally. However, it takes time for a visa holder to get an SSN. And as I recall, Neil, you yourself are an immigrant here, but you are here legally (we presume). So your inference that all immigrants are illegal and that no one without an SSN can be here legally are both incorrect.
And, even people who are/were here illegally originally can sometimes end up with SSNs, even if they are not legally permitted to work here. I had a client once who was issued an SSN because her citizen daughter had Spina Bifida (I am not sure I spelled that right) and for some reason she was issued an SSN, but without a work permit. That actually made no sense to me. She wanted to work to support her daughter and had family (legal resident/citizen family) that could help with her daughter while she worked.

She ended up working under a false SSN and payed taxes under an ITIN, when it would have made far more sense for her to have been able to work under her SSN. And in case that confuses anyone, filing taxes under an ITIN meant that she did not get any special credits for her daughter. People filing under an ITIN don't get EITC.
 
Not at all
If the OP is here on a J visa, he is not here illegally. However, it takes time for a visa holder to get an SSN. And as I recall, Neil, you yourself are an immigrant here, but you are here legally (we presume). So your inference that all immigrants are illegal and that no one without an SSN can be here legally are both incorrect.
Not at all. If the OP is on a visa he is here legally, as was I when I first arrived, but when I applied for my DL in California they refused to accept my application until I could show a valid SSN.
But things have changed since then and being in the country illegally is now accepted as the norm in many states.
 

FlyingRon

Senior Member
I stand corrected. I forgot that California is one of the states that freely gives drivers license to illegal immigrants, who of course don't have an SSN.
It has nothing to do with being an illegal immigrant. There are legal residents of California (and many other states) that are allowed drivers licenses but aren't eligible for SSN.
 

not2cleverRed

Obvious Observer
Not at all

Not at all. If the OP is on a visa he is here legally, as was I when I first arrived, but when I applied for my DL in California they refused to accept my application until I could show a valid SSN.
But things have changed since then and being in the country illegally is now accepted as the norm in many states.
Look, OP is legally here on a valid J1 visa.
Stop conflating legal with illegal.

Guess what: visiting foreign professors are allowed to get CA licenses too.

It did take legal NPRs significantly longer than citizens and LPRs to get a license with a photo when I was in CA, even if the legal NPR came to CA with a valid license from another state in the US.

Your posts have absolutely no relevance in this thread.
 

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