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Foreign motorists from any of the countries who are party to the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva, 1949) and the Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Motor Vehicle Traffic (Washington, D.C., 1943) who visit the United States as tourists can drive legally using their valid domestic driver's license for a period not to exceed one year from the date of arrival (Not in all States of U.S. For example: if you stay in the state of Colorado for longer than 90 days, you will be required to surrender your original license and apply for a Colorado drivers license.)
In addition to having a valid foreign driver's license, visitors are advised to attach an English translation to their national driving license. We provide certified English translation of the foreign driver's license.
Foreign visitors are also advised to carry an International Driving Permit obtained in their home country, as authorized by the 1943/1949 or 1968 conventions. The International Driving Permit is translated into the nine official languages of the United Nations, including English, and serves as a translation to be used in conjunction with the visitor's valid driver's license. Visitors from foreign countries must obtain their International Driving Permit in their native country prior to arrival in the U.S.
Persons entering the United States, other than visitors, must obtain a driving license from the appropriate state authority upon their arrival at their destination.

Quick facts for foreign visitors about driving in the United States

An International Driving Permit (IDP) translates information contained on your driver's license into 10 languages so that officials in foreign countries are able to interpret your license. An IDP supplements a valid government-issued license--it does not serve as a replacement for a license. If you are stopped by law enforcement, you will most likely be asked to produce both your IDP and your official driver's license. The United States does NOT issue International Driving Permits to foreign visitors, so you will need to obtain this document before traveling to the U.S.

If you are going to reside in the U.S., you can get a U.S. driver's license once you are in the U.S., but it may take several months to obtain a U.S. driver's license.

Foreign visitors who become U.S. residents can only obtain a driver's license from the state in which they reside (not from the federal government). Each state has its own driving rules and regulations. Check with your state's motor vehicles department to find out how to apply.

Once you receive your U.S. driver's license from a state motor vehicles department, you will be permitted to drive in all other U.S. states. The laws in each state vary from one to another. It is your responsibility to know and obey the laws of that state while driving.

The residency requirement for obtaining a U.S. driver's license varies with each state. Consult the motor vehicles department in your state for more information.

If you are a foreign student coming to the U.S. to study, contact the university or college you will attend, as most institutions provide students with additional driving information.

The U.S. government has issued warnings about Internet vendors selling worthless international driver's licenses or permits. It is important to educate yourself about the dangers of these costly and illegal operations.

 
 
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