International House (IHouse)

IHouse Services

Due to COVID-19 all transportation services offered by IHouse are currently on postponed.  To apply for a social security number and or NC State ID or Driver’s License, please see instructions below or email

Trip to Social Security Administration (SSA)

Until further notice, IHouse staff will not be offering rides to the SSA or DMV.  For assistance with obtaining a Social Security Number, please write to

IHouse staff drives to the Durham Social Security Office at 10am on Wednesdays.  Please meet at International House (2 Epworth Dorm Lane, East Campus) by 9:45 am if you want to ride with us in our van.  Please note, we will offer additional trips to the Social Security Administration Office at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.  Contact IHouse for specific dates and times of additional trips.


  • You must have been in the United States for at least 3 business days
  • If you are a F-1 student, you must have an on-campus job
  • If you are a J-1 student, you must have an on-campus job
  • Unfortunately, F-2 dependent visas are NOT eligible to work or apply for SSN
  • If you are on a J-2 visa, you may apply for a number after receiving your Employment Authorization Card
  • If you are a F-1 student with a summer internship or OPT employment after graduation, you can apply for a number no more than 30 days prior to your job start date.  Bring your Job Offer Letter.


  • Your Passport
  • Your I-94 card.  Go to: to print off your electronic arrival/departure record
  • F-1 (and J-1 Student) visa holder with On-campus Employment:  I-20, completed Memorandum issued by Duke Visa Services and the job offer letter from your employer
  • F-1 (and J-1 Student) visa holder with a Research or Teaching Assistantship:  I-20, completed Memorandum issued by Duke Visa Services and the completed Memorandum issued by the Duke Department
  • J-1 Scholar visa holder: DS-2019 and the memorandum issued by Duke Visa Services to the Social Security Administration
  • J-2 visa holder: Employment Authorization Card & DS-2019
  • H-1B visa holder: I-797

Social Security Administration Durham Office –

3511 Shannon Road, Suite 200
Durham 27707
Tel. 800.772.1213
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  9AM - 3PM
Wednesdays:  9AM - NOON
The office is closed for all major US holidays. No reservation is needed.

Getting there without a Car.  From Duke University you can take Bus #6B or Bus #11 downtown.  Then at downtown terminal switch to Bus #10.  Tell bus driver to let you off at the corner of Shannon Road and MLK Boulevard.  If you time it right, the trip will take one hour one way.  This is a long time for a destination that only takes 10 minutes to get to by car.  We recommend taxi or UBER.   Cost of Bus: $1 one-way or free with Go Pass.  To map your route, go to:

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Trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Until further notice:  This office is currently closed to the public, please call the DMV to set up an appointment.

Tired of carrying around your passport? Ready to begin driving lessons? Then apply for a State Identification Card or take a driver’s license exam.

Driver's License Office (South)
3825 S. Roxboro St., Suite 119
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 560-3378

Once a month, IHouse offers a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Please bring the following items with you:

  • Passport
  • Visa Document (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • I-94 card
  • Social Security Card (only if you have one)
  • $5.00 cash, check or credit/debit card accepted
  • Proof of Residence-a letter from your bank or utility company with your name and Durham/Chapel Hill street address on it, or your apartment lease.

Note: If you are an undergraduate student, to get your Proof of Residence, you must go to

Residence Life Office

101 Bryan Center
125 Science Drive
Phone: 919-684-3737

Fall 2020 Schedule (to be determined)

Questions?  Please email