Travel and Transportation
Review the sections below for more information on travel and transportation:
- Arrange Airport Pickup from LAX
- Travel Outside the U.S.
If you leave the U.S. at any time during your studies and intend to re-enter, you must be in possession of a valid I-20 form to present to immigration officials upon return to the U.S. If there have been no substantial changes in the amount or source of your financial support, degree or field of study, or graduation date, you can then follow the steps below. If you have substantial changes, you should obtain a new I-20 reflecting the new information.
For travel outside the U.S., you need:
- A valid, endorsed I-20 form, signed by an authorized staff member in ISSS. This signature notifies Department of Homeland Security that you are a full-time enrolled student at California Baptist University. You must also have in your possession:
- A valid passport (at least six months into the future)
- A valid visa. You need this to return to the U.S. except when you travel to Canada or Mexico - see below)
- A valid I-94. You will surrender your I-94 card to the border officials when leaving the U.S. except when you travel to Canada or Mexico.
For additional information about how to apply for or renew your F1 visa, please visit the Department of State website.
Travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (F-1 & J-1 visa holders):
- Travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean (and contiguous islands) requires different documentation than travel anywhere else in the world. In order to enter these countries, you must make sure that your I-94 form (the small white card) is valid for longer than the period you expect to stay in that country. If your I-94 card says D/S, this is sufficient as long as you are not near your academic completion date (the completion date is indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019).
- In addition to a valid I-94 form, F-1 students need to take along a valid passport and a valid I-20 form. It is advisable to take evidence of financial support, which could include a bank statement or scholarship letter from sponsor.
- The requirement that a valid U.S. visa be stamped into your passport for your return to the U.S. is waived for a visit of fewer than 30 days to Canada as long as you are in possession of a valid I-94 form. The immigration officials will look at your I-94 card when you enter Canada and when you enter the U.S., but they should not take it from you.
Note: Depending upon your country of citizenship, you may need a visa to enter Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. If you travel to these areas, you will need to contact the appropriate embassy in the U.S.
- How to get around Riverside
The Riverside Transit Agency provides public transportation for Western Riverside County, operating 38 fixed routes, 5 commuter routes and 15 demand response services. RTA’s service area spans 2,500 square miles, the second-largest in the nation.
For bus route and schedule information contact RTA at +1 (800) 800-7821 or log on to their website at www.RiversideTransit.com.
Read this helpful guide as well.
Metrolink is a premier regional rail system, including commuter and other passenger services, linking Riverside Country to the surrounding counties. Counties accessible by Metrolink are Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.
For Metrolink information, call the Customer Service Center at +1 (800) 371-5465 or log on to their website at http://www.metrolinktrains.com.
- Obtaining a California Driver's License
If you are a CA resident or you simply wish to apply for a CA driver’s license, please follow the steps below.
To Apply for the California Driver’s License
First, wait until you have been in the U.S. for at least 30 days before applying for a CA driver’s license. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website is dmv.ca.gov and has the latest California Driver Handbook, instructions on applying for a driver's license and frequently asked questions.
Make an appointment to apply for the license. Call (800) 777-0133, or make an appointment on the DMV’s website. The closest DMV offices to CBU are: 6280 Brockton Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 and 6425 Sycamore Canyon Blvd. Riverside, CA 92507
Be prepared to pay the driver’s license application fee ($33)
You will be given a vision exam and a traffic laws and sign test (sample tests are available on the DMV’s website)
If you pass the tests and have never had a license before, you will be given a permit to practice driving before taking the driving test. If you pass the tests and have a license from another country, you can take your driving test right away. Be sure you have already scheduled a driving test appointment, make sure your vehicle is safe to drive, and bring proof that the vehicle you are driving is insured.
In order to verify your identity, you must provide the following to the DMV:
- Social Security Number (SSN) If you do not have a SSN, please tell the DMV employee
that you are not eligible for a SSN.
- A valid passport, I-20, and I-94 card (Arrival/Departure Record)