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Old Mar 10th 2009, 9:36 pm
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Does anyone know a US State that accepts either a UK or Australian drivers license to transfer without having to take the practical and also written test? I don't mind taking it but the motorcycle part here in Florida requires a course over two weeks and costs over $200. Unfortunately I cannot find my German license because they would accept that as long as I took the written test.
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No, both those countries drive on the opposite side to here so there isn't a single US state that will 'convert' those DLs to a US. Germany & Canada are the only two countries I've ever seen be acceptable to DMVs here.

The written test isn't that hard either.
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Thanks, thought I was hoping for too much.
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By the way, in Florida they accept a French license and all you need to do is take an eye test in the licensing office. A mate of mine did it a month or two ago.
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I think you need to be resident in the state where you apply, but perhaps you are flexible
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No, both those countries drive on the opposite side to here so there isn't a single US state that will 'convert' those DLs to a US. Germany & Canada are the only two countries I've ever seen be acceptable to DMVs here.

The written test isn't that hard either.
It isn't the written test it is the course you have to take.

Here in Oregon it is 2 part, but not all have to take part 1. They loan a motor cycle for part one, but for part 2 you have to use your own. I need only do part 2, but I cannot buy a motor cycle in Oregon without a D/L and I cannot ride it to and from the course without a D/L. I still haven't figured a way around that yet.
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I rented one in AZ to take my test.
I 'fessed up to the shop I rented from what I was going to do with the bike, but this is not compulsary
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I've got my driving test on Thursday morning. Should be interesting to see how it compares to home...
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I have a bike, bought it in November when I arrived on a 12 month visa. It was a hassle regarding the registration but my girlfriends name also went on the title so it went through. I got a Florida ID no hassle and that seems to have sorted out any title problems as I bought an old convertable last month and it raised no eyebrows. My problem is not so severe as I have 12 months to drive on my International/UK/Australian license before I need to do something and before that I need to become a resident..........
Not checked properly but I think here in Florida you can use their bikes for all of the course. Stupid really, I arrive on a 2009 Harley Road King then step onto whatever they use for the unwashed masses to practice on. The big painful part about it all is the insurance I pay whilst driving on an overseas license.
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By the way, in Florida they accept a French license and all you need to do is take an eye test in the licensing office. A mate of mine did it a month or two ago.
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karma for the update; thanks!
I have heard of France before, but I forgot.

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I have a bike, bought it in November when I arrived on a 12 month visa. It was a hassle regarding the registration but my girlfriends name also went on the title so it went through. I got a Florida ID no hassle and that seems to have sorted out any title problems as I bought an old convertable last month and it raised no eyebrows. My problem is not so severe as I have 12 months to drive on my International/UK/Australian license before I need to do something and before that I need to become a resident..........
Florida State may already consider you a 'resident'.. many states do after as little as 30 days of you staying there. It's not related to your immigration 'residency'.

Why can't you get a DL? I thought you could get one with a tourist visa in FL, valid for the length of your I-94. What sort of '12 month' visa are you here with?
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It isn't the written test it is the course you have to take.

Here in Oregon it is 2 part, but not all have to take part 1. They loan a motor cycle for part one, but for part 2 you have to use your own. I need only do part 2, but I cannot buy a motor cycle in Oregon without a D/L and I cannot ride it to and from the course without a D/L. I still haven't figured a way around that yet.
Oh, I see the dilemma.

Need a friend with a bike I guess.
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I'm on a 12 month R B1/B2. Long story but a tourist license, even if I qualified for such a beast, would be worthless as I can happily drive/ride around for twelve months anyway. The license my friend got (the French guy) was only valid for seven months and marked as temporary. I guess there is a possibility that considering my visa any license I do get via taking a test may also be marked as temporary. Still, a US license means my insurance premiums go down and I could change it down the track. Crazy thing is we can all legally drive in Europe on a UK license with no need to transfer it. S'life.
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I'm on a 12 month R B1/B2. Long story but a tourist license, even if I qualified for such a beast, would be worthless as I can happily drive/ride around for twelve months anyway. The license my friend got (the French guy) was only valid for seven months and marked as temporary. I guess there is a possibility that considering my visa any license I do get via taking a test may also be marked as temporary. Still, a US license means my insurance premiums go down and I could change it down the track. Crazy thing is we can all legally drive in Europe on a UK license with no need to transfer it. S'life.
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Your I-94 is for 12 months?

What I am telling you, is that the State views "residence" as 30 days of staying there (or whatever the local limit is). There was a recent discussion about New York State that explained it very well if you want a look back.
I only mention it because it might impact your insurance cover.

The DL can say temporary or not.. it will expire with your I-94 in Florida so it's obvious how 'permanent' it is or not. I guess you could say that all of our licenses are temporary here.
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I guess you could say that all of our licenses are temporary here.
True. I don't know of any state that gives a license that is good forever. It always has to be renewed at some point.
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Does anyone know a US State that accepts either a UK or Australian drivers license to transfer without having to take the practical and also written test? I don't mind taking it but the motorcycle part here in Florida requires a course over two weeks and costs over $200. Unfortunately I cannot find my German license because they would accept that as long as I took the written test.
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NY, did many years ago, but then stopped.
NJ, certainly did a few years ago, have not checked recently.
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