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Old Apr 23rd 2008, 8:49 pm
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Ok...I've got a full clean English driver's licence...if I move to the States, can I simply call into the DMV and convert my licence to a US one? Or what's the procedure?
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Old Apr 23rd 2008, 8:51 pm
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It depends on the state you are moving to - here in California you have to both a written and practical test to get your licence, but there really wasn't much to it

Check on the website of the DMV for the state you are moving to and it should tell you.
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Ok...I've got a full clean English driver's licence...if I move to the States, can I simply call into the DMV and convert my licence to a US one? Or what's the procedure?
No!! you start again in most State

you take a test ...
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No!! you start again in most State

you take a test ...
Start again!!! ARGHHH...

That's ok...just as a matter of interest, do most of you guys drive automatic's?
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Originally Posted by daveanderson View Post
Start again!!! ARGHHH...

That's ok...just as a matter of interest, do most of you guys drive automatic's?
not if i have a choice
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Originally Posted by daveanderson View Post
Start again!!! ARGHHH...

That's ok...just as a matter of interest, do most of you guys drive automatic's?
Dave - I had to retake the test a few months ago (RI), written test - piece of p**s and that's despite the fact that when I did my test in England it wasn't required.

Practical - a joke - drive forward, reverse in a straight line, go through a 4-way stop and one way street. Total 10 minutes. Honestly makes the English test look like an advanced degree in quantum physics.

I got a score of 96 out of 100. Lost one point because I forgot to check that the examiner had his seatbelt on :-( - so don't forget that one ;-)

Moral of the story - don't stress - you will spend longer queuing in the DMV than you will for either part of the test!

He said to me afterwards "you drive very well...." I was like "thanks - I've been doing it for 17 years"!
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Originally Posted by daveanderson View Post
Start again!!! ARGHHH...

That's ok...just as a matter of interest, do most of you guys drive automatic's?
Is their something else ...
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Depends where you live. My driving test was a lot more than that. It included hill parking and there was a school bus out at the time I was there. I also had to do a turn right on red. Read the 'rules of the road' or similiar highway code type handbook before attempting the written test.

And yes I have an automatic, I hadn't made it past the third lesson the previous 3 times I tried to learn in a manual.
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Originally Posted by daveanderson View Post
Start again!!! ARGHHH...

That's ok...just as a matter of interest, do most of you guys drive automatic's?
It's not as bad as you think....

I do, now that I'm o l d, my zippy days are behind me.


PS: all driver's license stuff is state-specific, so narrow your information to only the state you'll live in.
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written test and practical required in ohio. both total piece of cake after uk driving. i drove manual in the uk (apart from my mums automatic about 20 years ago) and switched with no issue to an automatic over here. (well unless you notice how many times i stick my hand into the drivers door compartment looking for the gear stick at traffic lights lol).
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you need to be tazered, it's the american way of life...especially on a question that is asked every couple of days...
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you need to be tazered, it's the american way of life...especially on a question that is asked every couple of days...
omg, you've been AmurikaniZed, Bob!

Tasered.. tsk. BabyGirl keeping you up all hours?
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omg, you've been AmurikaniZed, Bob!

Tasered.. tsk. BabyGirl keeping you up all hours?
hehe..indeed...had to happen eventually

and so far, not to bad...we even went for a drive and a shopping spree, well window shop spree
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Originally Posted by Ray View Post
No!! you start again in most State

you take a test ...
Unless you move to New Mexico where they give you a license for the next 60 years by simply showing them your UK one! (although this was 7 years ago)

If you end up in NJ though study for the written test it has 50 questions and is tougher than the one I took in AZ!
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Originally Posted by daveanderson View Post
That's ok...just as a matter of interest, do most of you guys drive automatic's?
I don't, I plan to keep it that way too. Unless somebody gives me an SLR McLaren or something like that.
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