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Old Nov 26th 2023, 4:58 am
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I am looking for some advice please. I recently moved to California and need to take my US wheel test so I can be insured on the car we have just bought. My husband has recently done his US test so is insured on the car using his US licence but it costs too much to add me with just a UK licence so I'm not insured on it and thus can't use it for my test. I am currently using a rental car from Avis but when l picked it up they said I couldn't do my test in it (and by that point obviously too late to cancel the rental to use someone else). My husband took his test in a rental but it was through Fox rather than Avis. The DMV tried to say he couldn't use it but he argued the point that it didn't say he could OR couldn't use it and won the argument. Not sure I can use that argument unless I get someone who doesn't care! Anyone have any clever ideas for me please?!
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How much driving have you done in the US?
I would highly recommend taking some lessons with a local driving school first and using their vehicle for the test.
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I had the same issue many moons ago. Was driving a car from Avis but when I arrived at the test center was told I couldn’t take it in a rental car because of insurance. I borrowed my boss’s car for a day.

i think the idea of arranging a couple of driving lessons and take the test in a school car is a good one.
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Old Nov 27th 2023, 1:23 am
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Thanks both. I hadn't thought of that. I've been driving here for 6 weeks now and feel pretty confident but makes a lot of sense, My husband thinks if he drives me to the DMV in his car that once the instructor takes over their insurance will cover it??? Doesn't sound right to me seeing as you have to be insured up to the eyeballs over here but thought I'd see if anyone had heard that?
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Old Nov 27th 2023, 1:52 am
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Are you sure you’re not insured to drive it? I’m in MA so it may well be different here, but anybody can drive our car and be covered. It’s the car that is insured, not the driver.

My husband took his test in a friends car, he didn’t have any special insurance to do so, and the only thing they had to show was that the car itself was insured.

As I said, it may be different there but worth checking. If not, I second the suggestion of using a driving school car to do your test.

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I don't think you can have 2 licences, I think you would have to give up the UK one which would mean you have the same insurance problem if you want to drive in UK again. I had this when I visited UK in May as I now have a Croatia licence, although I passed my test in UK. I also was unable to hire a car in UK but that was because I don't have a credit card. My cousin had offered to lend me her car but 2 weeks insurance would cost as much as she pays for the year.
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Originally Posted by fidobsa
I don't think you can have 2 licences, I think you would have to give up the UK one which would mean you have the same insurance problem if you want to drive in UK again. I had this when I visited UK in May as I now have a Croatia licence, although I passed my test in UK. I also was unable to hire a car in UK but that was because I don't have a credit card. My cousin had offered to lend me her car but 2 weeks insurance would cost as much as she pays for the year.
That was not our experience in either direction to the USA. In the USA we were able to drive on our UK licence until we passed and got our US licence. Our UK licence was not valid for driving in the UK as the address was wrong, but the rental car companies accepted our US licence when we came back on visits.

When our children each moved back from the USA to England they were allowed to drive on their US licence for up to 12 months or until they passed their UK driving test.
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I understand that certain policies differ from state to state, however, in New York and here in Mississippi you do NOT have to be a named insured driver to drive a certain car for the road test. Assuming this is what you mean by a wheel test. There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to use your husband's auto for the test. BTW any accident you have while you are a driver in that car should be covered under the uninsured driver part of the policy.

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The insurance for just my husband on his car is $1500 for the year but with me on it too it was another 1k or something crazy so I'm definitely not allowed to drive it. I've found a driving school who will do an hour lesson with me before the test and then l can use their car for the test. Let's hope l don't fail as it's $270 down the drain otherwise!! No reason l should fail but seen some crazy stories of people failing for minor stuff. Intend to drive all around the test centre in the next few weeks to get used to it. Hadn't even thought any issues with going back to the UK and licence not being valid - was more worried how l would handle roundabouts after using intersections for so long!
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I think the failure rate in USA is very low but I suppose everything varies from state to state. I wonder if it would be worthwhile getting an international driving licence?
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Originally Posted by fidobsa
I don't think you can have 2 licences, I think you would have to give up the UK one which would mean you have the same insurance problem if you want to drive in UK again. I had this when I visited UK in May as I now have a Croatia licence, although I passed my test in UK. I also was unable to hire a car in UK but that was because I don't have a credit card. My cousin had offered to lend me her car but 2 weeks insurance would cost as much as she pays for the year.
Some countries do have rules about not being able to hold two licences and having to surrender a UK licence when you take a driving test (Canada springs to mind) but have never heard of that rule for the US and we certainly have kept ours. Although as said above the UK one isn't valid any longer any as we're not resident at that address. But when we go back to visit we'll just use our US licences, and then when we return for good we'll still have our UK ones which will be valid again as we'll be moving back to the same address.
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa
Some countries do have rules about not being able to hold two licences and having to surrender a UK licence when you take a driving test (Canada springs to mind) but have never heard of that rule for the US and we certainly have kept ours. Although as said above the UK one isn't valid any longer any as we're not resident at that address. But when we go back to visit we'll just use our US licences, and then when we return for good we'll still have our UK ones which will be valid again as we'll be moving back to the same address.
Different US states have different rules. When we moved to NJ the state did not allow 2 DLs. We were asked to hand over our UK DL’s. I refused and confused them saying my UK DL was the property of the Crown. They whispered amongst themselves for a while, shrugged their shoulders and let me keep it.
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
Different US states have different rules. When we moved to NJ the state did not allow 2 DLs. We were asked to hand over our UK DL’s. I refused and confused them saying my UK DL was the property of the Crown. They whispered amongst themselves for a while, shrugged their shoulders and let me keep it.
Excellent. Looks like NJ now has the same rules as MA though - if you need to take the test to get a licence then no need to surrender it, but if you're transferring from out of state or one of the eligible countries and can just swap them over, then you do.
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
Different US states have different rules. When we moved to NJ the state did not allow 2 DLs. We were asked to hand over our UK DL’s. I refused and confused them saying my UK DL was the property of the Crown. They whispered amongst themselves for a while, shrugged their shoulders and let me keep it.
I didn't need to fight them, just managed to keep it fine in 2019. However, in anticipation I took with me one of my many duplicate UK DLs, as they send you one for each address and I never returned them to the DVLA (as I know you should). So if they did take it I wouldn't have minded.
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[QUOTE=calman014;13227872]How much driving have you done in the US?
I would highly recommend taking some lessons with a local driving school first and using their vehicle for the test.[/QUOTE

This is exactly what I did
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