Visitors to the USA may drive for up to one year on a foreign driving license, provided it was issued in a country that is party to the UN Convention on Road Traffic and written in English. As more than 150 countries are party to the convention, most visitors to the USA are eligible to drive with their home-country license. Visitors are also advised to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) issued in their home country, which they should carry along with their license.
For the purpose of driving licenses, a person is generally considered a visitor when they are:
For more information on foreign visitors driving in the USA: Click here
A few states have agreements that allow citizens of certain countries to exchange their foreign license for a state one. The grace period in which a driver must exchange their license varies depending on the state, but is generally between 30 and 60 days.
Each state determines its own minimum residency requirements and process for exchanging a foreign license. Although many states waive a portion of the tests required (vision, practical driving and written knowledge), some still require one or more of these to be taken when exchanging a foreign license. To check with the licensing department in the state of residence: Click here
The following states currently allow an exchange of licenses issued by certain foreign countries:
Australia License Exchange
Visit the Canberra US Embassy page for more information on Australians driving in America
Agreements between EU countries are in place with only a few US states and each is country-specific. These agreements change frequently, so it is worth checking for up-to-date information.
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