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Hi all, today I got my international drivers license issued in Australia which is valid for 1 year. Am I allowed to drive with this in the US until its expiry? I am entering the US on my K1 visa this weekend.


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16 hours ago, Ethan & Shannon said:

Hi all, today I got my international drivers license issued in Australia which is valid for 1 year. Am I allowed to drive with this in the US until its expiry? I am entering the US on my K1 visa this weekend.

As far as I know, an international driver's license is just a translation of your driver's license (so not needed for you, as your Australian license is already in English).

 

How long a new resident can drive on a foreign license (and whether there's license reciprocity with Australia) is a matter of state law in the US; check the Illinois DMV web site for rules there. In many states you can only drive for a short time on a foreign license as a resident (which isn't great for K-1s, because it's also true in most states that you need a combo card or green card to get a driver's license from your new state of residence).


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2 hours ago, DaveAndAnastasia said:

As far as I know, an international driver's license is just a translation of your driver's license (so not needed for you, as your Australian license is already in English).

 

How long a new resident can drive on a foreign license (and whether there's license reciprocity with Australia) is a matter of state law in the US; check the Illinois DMV web site for rules there. In many states you can only drive for a short time on a foreign license as a resident (which isn't great for K-1s, because it's also true in most states that you need a combo card or green card to get a driver's license from your new state of residence).

Thank you, this was very helpful. It seems I can apply for an Illinois drivers license once i have my SSN. My Australian license, including the international one is valid for 90 days. Someone please correct me if they've had a different experience.


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01/22/2019    Left NVC

01/29/2019    Embassy received

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02/01/2019    Pkt 4 received

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The international drivers permit is just a translation of your DL.  Depending on the state you are going to your license may only be good for 30 days.   You are establishing residency in the US.  Each state has own laws as to what defines residency. 

 

For instance, in Arizona,  Mary could only drive with an IDP for 30 days and then had to have an Arizona DL.

 

After the residency requirement kicks in, don't expect to drive until you have your EAD.  You will need a social security card for the license.  The license will only be good until the K1 expires.  Then after you get your EAD you can get it re-issued.

 

Again each state varies.


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Seems you have 90 days in Illinois.


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