If you are only going to
be at UCSB for a short period, you will not need a California Driver’s License.
You can use an international license for renting a car or driving someone else’s
car. If you are going to be in the US for a long period, you may need one.
Driver's License can be obtained through application to the local Department of
Motor Vehicles, 7127 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA (Phone: 968-5554). This document
also serves as an identity document for check cashing, etc., and in some instances,
it is required (passports are not generally accepted as identity documents for such
transactions). You will need to pass a written, as well as a road test to qualify
for the license. You will also need to show your U.S. Social Security card to qualify
for the California driver's license.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will also
issue an identification card for non-drivers. This is useful if you will not be
applying for a Driver's License, as it is more easily accepted for local transactions
(i.e., check cashing) than is the passport. For more information regarding both
the Driver's License and the Non-Driver Identification Card application procedures,
go to the Department of Motor Vehicles website.