Students and scholars are encouraged to obtain a California Driver’s License if they plan to drive a car in the United States. A California Driver’s License is required to purchase a car and obtain auto insurance. The State of California does not recognize an International Driving Permit (IDP)/International Driver’s License/International License as a valid form of driver’s license.
To obtain a California driver’s license, you must pass both a written and a driving examination at the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV). The manual of driving regulations for the written test can be obtained from any DMV office.
Take the following documents to the DMV when applying:
A driver’s license is the primary form of identification in California. Students who do not drive can obtain a California Identification (ID) card instead. The DMV website offers detailed guidelines on obtaining an ID card. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv
The Nearest DMV from our school is:
3615 S Hope St,
Los Angeles, CA 90007.
The phone number is (800) 777-0133
Office hours are:
Monday, Tuesday 8AM–5PM
Thursday, Friday 8AM–5PM
Saturday and Sunday Closed
The following are guidelines established by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) formally the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for “non-immigrant aliens.”
You must maintain your F-1 international student status. To do so, you will have to:
Failure to fulfill these requirements will jeopardize your F-1 status and your enrollment at the School.
The nearest USCIS is at 1015 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
Currently, the USCIS is open from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday through Friday
When you plan to travel (i.e., leave and then re-enter the U.S.), check your Visa. If it is for single entry or has expired, you will have to have it renewed by an American Consulate before you can re-enter the U.S. The following documents must be with you when you apply for renewal:
Remember: These requirements satisfy only those set by the USCIS for returning F-1 Visa students. Before traveling abroad, check with a travel agency to see whether there are other requirements.
Here are the addresses and telephone numbers for some of the consulates in California:
You will need to obtain a Social Security card for employment on-campus or off-campus.
To apply for a Social Security card, take your passport, I-94, I-20, and official letter of employment to a Social Security Administration Office.
Nearest Social Security Administration Office is at:
611 W 6th St #650,
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Unfortunately, pursuing a degree is a time when students don’t get enough sleep, don’t make healthy dietary choices, and experience a significant increase in stress. It is imperative that a healthy lifestyle is pursued, e.g., getting a good night’s sleep each night, eating healthy, drinking water, and exercising regularly; all of these things will lead to a healthy college experience. If a student doesn’t feel well, he or she should first consider sleep, diet, and exercise; often, unhealthy practices in these areas cause the body to feel mentally and physically run-down.
If you feel like you need to see a doctor, contact your insurance company and check which doctor that they would have you see locally. If you already have a local doctor, call them directly and set up an appointment. Remember to bring your insurance card and co-pay to the appointment. Additionally, there are a number of pharmacies and urgent care facilities in the area that will provide walk-in services.
If you are experiencing a health emergency, do not wait to contact a doctor, dial 911 immediately.
The following are some of the hospitals available in the area:
All full-time students are required to have personal medical insurance coverage. As an international student, who enrolled pursuant to an F visa must have and maintain medical and hospitalization insurance as a condition of initial and continued enrollment at the institution.
CTSB students can request reduced-fare Metro Tap card that provides student-discounted unlimited rides on Metro’s rail and bus lines for a given quarter.
Before you apply for Tap Card please request a statement of Enrollment Verification from the CTSB Office of Administration then submit the completed application at any Metro Customer Center. The nearest location to our school is:
3183 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 174
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
College/Vocational Monthly Pass- $43
For more information, please use the following link: