Driving is one of the easiest ways to get around in the United States. Before your clients jump behind the wheel, anyone who intends to operate a vehicle in the U.S. should first familiarize themselves with local, state, and federal driving laws. Each state has their own Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices, the name of which varies between states, which can be consulted for controlling driving laws and safety practices.
Can clients drive with a non-U.S. issued driver’s license?
Most states in the U.S. recognize foreign drivers’ licenses. However, it is recommended that clients obtain an International Driver’s Permit prior to arriving in the U.S. These are especially helpful if your client plans to rent a car as it is a common requirement for rental companies to require an International Driver’s Permit in lieu of a U.S. issued driver’s license.
An International Driver’s Permit, sometimes referred to as “international driver’s license,” is an official document that, along with a valid foreign-issued driver’s license, allows individuals to drive a vehicle while abroad. The International Driver’s Permit is recognized in over 150 countries, including the U.S.
Individuals can only obtain an International Driver’s Permit in the same country their driver’s license was issued. They are not available while already traveling abroad. The permit acts as a language translation of the individual’s home country driver license and includes their full name, photograph, and any other relevant driving information.
It is valid for one year and can be used as a valid form of identification. Longer trips may require a U.S. driver’s license.
Can clients obtain a U.S. driver’s license?
Some states in the U.S. allow non-U.S. residents to obtain a U.S. driver’s license. Requirements for a U.S. driver’s license vary based on state law. The best resource to check license requirements will be the state’s department responsible for regulating the use of motor vehicles. Generally, to apply for a U.S. driver’s license clients will need to show a valid passport, visa, several forms of identification, and pass an administered driving exam.