Hi, im an international tourist going to NYC soon. I would like to visit the DMV and get an ID card. Is that possible? And how can I apply for it?
Might I ask why? Are you going to be living there or anywhere in the US? I believe you can only get an DMV issued ID if you have a permanent address (I might be proven wrong.) Not just for visiting. I am curious to hear why you want a US DMV ID.
Not as a tourist. You have to show that you live here legally - through a working visa or similar. And have a US address, which you could prove with a lease, or utility bill. You can't get one with a tourist visa.
Your passport should suffice for any situations where you need to show ID.
Well, because I dont want to carry my passport around. Its too risky. And a lot of places require an ID. Someone told me that I can get a visa even as a tourist.
Proof of residency is required. Do you have a Driver's License with your photo on it from where you live? If so I would use that and carry a copy of your Passport with you.
BTW, even if you lived here you don't get your driver's license or ID right away. You go in and wait (even with an appointment like I had) and then fill out a form and give your thumb print, and get your picture taken. And then they give you a temporary paper ID which does NOT have your picture on it. So it would not be good anywhere proving that it is you unless you carry your Passport with it to prove it (which is what I did.) Then approx 2 - 3 weeks later you get the permanent laminated photo ID in the mail to your home address.
You must prove residency http://www.dmv.ny.gov/idlicense.htm
Why in the world would you want to spend vacation time at the DMV anyway?
Make a photocopies of your passport and leave one in your luggage and another with a trusted friend/relative at home. There is a Saudi consulate in NY if you have problems
I agree with you about carrying around your passport. We were asked for photo ID and used our driver's license with no problems including buying alcohol at Yankee Stadium.
When you mention "visa" are you referring to a tourist visa or a VISA credit card?