Yes in some states, no in others.
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He should get an International Driver License in Saudi Arabia, before he comes to the US.
That way he can drive and not break a simple rule: TOURISTS ARE TOURISTS and shouldn't be getting 'local' ID documents.
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Drivers licenses are issued according the law is each particular state.
Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
In Virginia, you cannot obtain a drivers license without proof of "lawful presence" in the U.S. and proof of your permanent address in Virginia. B-1/B-2 visa holders normally cannot obtain a drivers license. Additional documentation requirements for a VA license can be found at the Virginia DMV website: