The N.C. Department of Transportation issues driver licenses and identification cards to applicants qualified under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants work permits to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
To qualify for DACA status, an applicant must meet very specific criteria and:
- Be current students, recent graduates (or have obtained a GED) or active military personnel or honorably discharged from the military
- Have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
North Carolina driver licenses and ID cards are issued based upon the same period of duration as that provided by the federal government, usually not more than two years.
Licenses carry a designation that clearly denotes the limited duration of the license. North Carolina typically issues such limited duration licenses for visiting students, agricultural workers and others.
For questions about DACA, including how to apply or renew, call 800-375-5283 or visit the website of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.