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How does an immigrant get a drivers license in USA

#1 hindocha

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:44 PM

Hey all,

Please can you provide information on how I go about getting a driving license?
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#2 Otto

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:46 PM

Please can you provide information on how I go about getting a driving license?

Depends on the state. What state will you be living in?
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:52 PM

kansas
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#4 VanessaTony

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:55 PM

kansas


Here's the Kansas info: http://www.k-state.e.....r License.pdf

Found by using google (but I did it a couple of days ago because someone asked the same qn)

Edited by Vanessa&Tony, 03 March 2010 - 06:56 PM.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 07:08 PM

I am in uSA on a CR-1 visa. I have a valid UK licence, can i obtain a IDP (international drving permit) to drive around until I get my proper KS driving license
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#6 VanessaTony

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 07:15 PM

Here's the Kansas info: http://www.k-state.e.....r License.pdf

Found by using google (but I did it a couple of days ago because someone asked the same qn)


You don't need one as your UK licence is accepted in the US for up to 12 months. Here's a link for you: http://riga.usembassy.gov/license.html but as it's from another country, here's the uK one: http://www.usembassy....uk/rctour.html (look for "Will my British driver's license be adequate for renting a car?")

Driving's not the issue.. insurance is. So now you know you can drive.. but are you coverable by insurance? I know my husbands doesn't cover me unless I have a US licence.

Edited by Vanessa&Tony, 03 March 2010 - 07:16 PM.

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#7 the maven

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:04 AM

When we first had to get a car in the US, which was before we moved over here, we had to get my UKC husband covered by insurance since I didn't have a full UK driver's licence and had no US one. Geico were more than happy to insure him with his UK licence.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:19 AM

Moved from the General Immigration Forum as it is not immigration related but 'living in the US' related
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:49 AM

Look to see how long a new resident has to get a DL.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:30 PM

I've just come from UK on a CR-1 visa. I hold a full drivers license for the UK. Will my current UK drivers license enable to me to drive in USA for a period x months ?>
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:34 PM

You generally have to get a state licese with thirty days of establishing residence.
Most on this board establish residency when they arrive, residency is required for AOS.




I've just come from UK on a CR-1 visa. I hold a full drivers license for the UK. Will my current UK drivers license enable to me to drive in USA for a period x months ?>


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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:48 PM

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 03:24 PM

I've just come from UK on a CR-1 visa. I hold a full drivers license for the UK. Will my current UK drivers license enable to me to drive in USA for a period x months ?>


It looks from the Kansas DMV site that it's up to one year on a non-US licence, but confusingly new residents need to get one within 90 days (although it does say that's for out-of-state drivers...). The Kansas DMV website is terribly disorganised! Anyway, it looks like at the minimum 90 days and at the maximum one year. I may have muddied the waters even further. :wacko:
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 06:46 PM

For my husband, it was quick and easy. We had to supply the proper documentation - his indian DL, passport & greencard, social security card (since he's a LPR), and proof of address. He took the written and driving test, and we were done. Since he wasn't a USC, they did send his info to be background checked, so he received a temporary license for two weeks, and they mailed him the permanent one. Other than that little wait, it was easy!

We live in Florida.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 10:46 PM

summation of our experience with a k-1 getting a kansas dl:
nessa had to get one within the time specified by elmcity - problem was the local dmv office didn't have a lot of experience with k-1's and we went round and round a few times about her being eligible to get a license. i had to make contact with the next higher office in mission ks to straighten it all out.
as i recall, she didn't have a ssn at the time, but we did show the marriage license.
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