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Old Oct 10th 2007, 8:58 pm   #1
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I cant seem to find a definite answer to this so thought I would ask the people who have been there - done that...

Will my partner have to retake his driving test if we move to america? He hasnt upgraded his paper licence to a photocard, does that matter?? He has been driving for over 10 years.

Also, will I be able to learn to drive over there? I dont know if I actually want to, but its an option to explore!!!

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I cant seem to find a definite answer to this so thought I would ask the people who have been there - done that...

Will my partner have to retake his driving test if we move to america? He hasnt upgraded his paper licence to a photocard, does that matter?? He has been driving for over 10 years.

Also, will I be able to learn to drive over there? I dont know if I actually want to, but its an option to explore!!!

Thanks
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When I arrived in New Jersey, I had to take the written test, but got given an NJ licence immediately afterwards - although I believe it's 'probationary.'
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I cant seem to find a definite answer to this so thought I would ask the people who have been there - done that...

Will my partner have to retake his driving test if we move to america? He hasnt upgraded his paper licence to a photocard, does that matter?? He has been driving for over 10 years.

Also, will I be able to learn to drive over there? I dont know if I actually want to, but its an option to explore!!!

Thanks
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I cant seem to find a definite answer to this so thought I would ask the people who have been there - done that...

Will my partner have to retake his driving test if we move to america? He hasnt upgraded his paper licence to a photocard, does that matter?? He has been driving for over 10 years.

Also, will I be able to learn to drive over there? I dont know if I actually want to, but its an option to explore!!!

Thanks
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Which state are you moving to. They all have different rules.
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Old Oct 10th 2007, 9:11 pm   #5
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Ye lots of people have said that to me - Im a bit worried about not being able to drive, not that I go out much without my partner but hey I'm gonna want to explore my new home!!

We are moving to Atlanta, Georgia. I know othing about it, I only found out 2weeks ago!!!


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Apparently not too many New Jerseyites have been taught how to drive (swerving from lane to lane, never using turn signals, tailgating, jumping red lights, speeding, driving at 5pm on the freeway) so you'd probably fit in well there.

Practice in a parking lot. Just remember to have a big Starbucks in one hand, a cigarette in the other and your mobile phone clamped under one ear.
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Old Oct 10th 2007, 9:17 pm   #7
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Apparently not too many New Jerseyites have been taught how to drive (swerving from lane to lane, never using turn signals, tailgating, jumping red lights, speeding, driving at 5pm on the freeway) so you'd probably fit in well there.

Practice in a parking lot. Just remember to have a big Starbucks in one hand, a cigarette in the other and your mobile phone clamped under one ear.
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not really relevant ,
but i got used to driving lhd in usa quicker than i thought i would .
driving on wrongside of road , changing gear with wrong hand etc. were no real problem , but i couldnt get the hang of braking with my left foot
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but i got used to driving lhd in usa quicker than i thought i would .
driving on wrongside of road , changing gear with wrong hand etc. were no real problem , but i couldnt get the hang of braking with my left foot
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This is starting to sound like the Jag thread.
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all driving laws depend on the state....but chances are, he'll have to take a full test, but any old lemming could past what they call a driving test over here.
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Ye lots of people have said that to me - Im a bit worried about not being able to drive, not that I go out much without my partner but hey I'm gonna want to explore my new home!!

We are moving to Atlanta, Georgia. I know othing about it, I only found out 2weeks ago!!!
you can depending on your state use your foreign license for 30/60/90 days, some states up to 12 months, but insurance and lack of a local drivers license as ID make it not very practical.
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Also, will I be able to learn to drive over there? I dont know if I actually want to, but its an option to explore!!!
There are very few cities in the US where you would want to live without being able to drive. I don't think Atlanta is on the list. Unless you fancy being stuck at home most of the time, you'd better plan on learning to drive.
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