Can I drive on my valid India licence in US?

Google ang3cob
Oct 30 24 Comments

Been in the US 8 months now and haven't gotten around getting my license yet. Can I still drive using my valid indian license?

DMV website says that I can drive if I am a visitor but need to get a license if I am a resident - not sure how "resident" is defined. I am currently on L1A visa.

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    Please learn your state’s driving laws before you start driving.

    So many foreigners (and citizens as well) I know don’t know basic stuff, such as not cruising in the left lane or knowing when to yield.
    Oct 30 0
  • 😡that left lane driver going at speed limit gets me every time. Left is for passing.
    Oct 30 6
    • You do realize that unless you are a black or middle eastern dude, you are fine going up to 9 miles above speed limit?
      Oct 30
    • Roku cruella
      That's an assumption. And also its true generally but not always.

      And if that's what u want. Don't say it like "left is for passing" is a rule. Say it like "left lane is for passing" is something most people like.
      Oct 30
    • Visa / Eng VIAu04
      Left lane means speed limit += 15 in Massachusetts and south CA. Roku please learn to fit in.
      Nov 3
    • Visa / Eng VIAu04
      “Left lane is for passing” is a law in most states.
      Nov 3
    • Roku cruella
      Oh God.

      I dunno what u r lacking. Grasp of English. Or grasp of simple logic.

      Either ways. Good luck.
      Nov 3
  • Roku cruella
    Varies state to state.

    I think u can upto a year. But why not get a DL?
    Oct 30 0
  • Veritas xyzb
    I've been pulled over in CA once while driving with an indian driving license.. the cop asked how long i've been in CA and i said for a year but started driving recently. also asked if i'm working on my CA dl and i said i'm going to give my written test next week and was let go without any problems.. so you should be fine imo
    Oct 30 2
    • Visa / Eng VIAu04
      Cop pulled you over because you made obvious mistakes. Learn to drive.
      Nov 3
    • Veritas xyzb
      learn to drive without actually driving? great advice my man.. great advice
      Nov 3
  • LinkedIn Laundromat
    The real question is _CAN_ you drive ?
    Oct 30 0
  • Google DwYG03
    Yes, in some states you can drive for one year with indian license. Example is Michigan.

    Some states don't allow this, for example Ohio.

    So it's state specific
    Oct 30 0
  • Wells Fargo / IT email536
    You need to test for, and receive a license. You are not currently in compliance with the law, and will have issues if you have an accident, even if you’re not at fault.

    “Under California law, a person who stays in the state for other than a temporary or transitory purpose is a legal resident, subject to California taxation. ... Vacations or brief transactions, such as signing a contract or giving a speech, constitute temporary or transitory purposes that do not confer residency”
    Oct 30 3
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      Prima facie evidence of residency for driver licensing purposes includes, but is not limited to, the following:
      (A) Address where registered to vote.
      (B) Payment of resident tuition at a public institution of higher education. (C) Filing a homeowner’s property tax exemption.
      (D) Other acts, occurrences, or events that indicate presence in the state is more than temporary or transient.
      Oct 30
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      CA vehicle code defines nonresident based on the individual's state of domicile which is defined as: "the state where a person has his or her true, fixed, and permanent home and principal residence and to which he or she has manifested the intention of returning whenever he or she is absent."
      Oct 30
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      So it's kinda tricky with L1. It's a nonimmigrant visa, some unless you’re a home owner you can potentially say that you're here just for a job gig...
      Oct 30
  • In CA you are considered resident and legally you are only allowed to drive with your foreign DL for up to 3 months after arriving. However my understanding is that there is some leniency as long as you are trying to get your CA DL.

    That said, from financial perspective you would want to get your CA DL ASAP as your insurance rates will be much lower.
    Nov 3 0
  • Cognizant Xizk53
    Go left on round about
    Oct 30 0
  • Netflix the.oa
    8 months? Nope. You’re expired. Get to the DMV.
    Oct 30 0
  • Taylor Farms azerty_
    No. 90 days only
    Oct 30 0
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    It depends on the state. In Massachusetts, you can drive using a none-US license for a year starting from the date of your latest borderline security stamp.
    Oct 30 0
  • Google The Old Nite
    Yea you are a resident.

    Assuming you're in CA, You can't drive anymore, you can use an out of state license to drive only for a fixed time (something like 3 or 6 months). You need to get a CA license now.
    Oct 30 0

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