In addition to your passport, visa and other immigration-related documents, you may need to obtain a Social Security card or driver’s license. Contact your international adviser if you have questions.
Social Security card
A Social Security card is required for all international students and scholars who will be employed during their time at MU.
A Social Security number is a unique, nine-digit number issued by the U.S. Social Security administration. It facilitates the reporting of wages to the government and is required in order to work in the United States. It also serves as a national identification number for taxation and other purposes.
International student and scholars must wait two full weeks from their date of entry into the U.S. before applying for a Social Security card. Applications submitted earlier will be subject to an additional delay of six weeks to three months and will increase the time it takes to receive a Social Security number.
Driver’s license and nondriver ID card
A driver’s license is required for anyone who plans to operate a motor vehicle on public roadways. If you have an international driver’s license (written in English), you may be able to use it to drive in the United States. However, if you plan to drive regularly or purchase a car, you should obtain a Missouri driver’s license.