Drivers From Other Nations
Most states honor all valid foreign licenses.
By law, these states will honor a valid driver license issued
by any other nation to a resident of that nation.
You should not apply for a State license unless you become a
resident of that state.
Non-US Residient Applicants.
Although there is nothing in the Vehicle and Traffic Law which
prohibits a non-US-resident from applying for and receiving a
state license, we recommend against this because it is not necessary.Most
states will honor your foreign license.
If you have a license from any nation other than Canada, you
must pass a written test, complete a 5-hour pre-licensing course
and pass a road test to qualify for a license. Your foreign license
is valid for driving, but not for waiving the tests and course
for new drivers.
When you receive your license, you must surrender your foreign
license. It will not be returned to you.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When you apply for a driver license, you must
provide your Social Security Number on the application or a letter
from the US Social Security Administration stating that you are
not eligible for a Social Security Number.
International Driving Permit.
An International Driving Permit is not a license to drive. By
itself the permit is not valid for driving . The permit merely
confirms that you hold a valid license in your home nation. Most
states honor the underlying license, not the permit. However,
a permit is helpful because it informs authorities, in several
languages, that you have a valid foreign driver license.
NOTE: U.S. residents usually obtain International Driving Permits
from local auto clubs affiliated with the AAA. The DMV does not
issue International Driving Permits.
There are certain
unacceptable out-of-state license documents
Where can I find a Drivers Manual
in a foreign language.