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Old Jan 5th 2018, 8:28 pm
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OK. so next hurdle to deal with!

I have just received my EAD card and social security number.
I have also been offered a good job to start soon and it comes with a company vehicle and they needed a copy of my licence which is from the UK as i could not start the procedure without the social security number.

First appointment with DMV here in CT is 1st feb and that is only for a learners permit. Then i have to arrange an 8 hour drug and alcohol class and the driving test at a later date.

My new job are not sure if they can insure me on their vehicles with a UK licence and there is no way of making this go faster.

Annoyingly the CT DMV site says i can simply exchange a driving licence if i am from Germany or France but not the UK.
I have US car insurance on my UK licence for our personal car.

Has any one had this problem before?
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Old Jan 5th 2018, 10:15 pm
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You are going for a Driver's License from the State of CT. Most states within the US will not exchange your UK license for their state license and you have to undergo the written and driving tests before getting a license.

Since it is a State license, you are not reduced to only using the local DMV but can utilize any of the DMV's within the State of Connecticut. Check around and see if you can get an earlier appointment in another area of Connecticut.

Perhaps your new employer will allow you to use your personal vehicle until you have your Connecticut State driver's license and perhaps also reimburse you for the cost of insurance, wear and tear and gas for the time you need to use it.

There are always options.

PS Think how annoying it is for a Canadian who has the same issue you are having and they drive on the correct side of the road up there ;-)
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Originally Posted by tcc1979 View Post
Annoyingly the CT DMV site says i can simply exchange a driving licence if i am from Germany or France but not the UK.
Those arrangements are reciprocal on a state by state basis. No state has a reciprocal deal with the UK as the UK does not permit any US drivers license to be exchange for GB or NI driving licence.

The UK does however have a reciprocal arrangement with Canada so you can exchange your GB licence for, say, an Ontario driver's license. There doesn't appear to be any proof of residence requirement so if you don't mind driving up to Toronto, spending a night in an Airbnb and exchanging your GB licence by taking an eye test in the morning before driving back you could then swap your Ontario license for a Connecticut license.
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Those arrangements are reciprocal on a state by state basis. No state has a reciprocal deal with the UK as the UK does not permit any US drivers license to be exchange for GB or NI driving licence.

The UK does however have a reciprocal arrangement with Canada so you can exchange your GB licence for, say, an Ontario driver's license. There doesn't appear to be any proof of residence requirement so if you don't mind driving up to Toronto, spending a night in an Airbnb and exchanging your GB licence by taking an eye test in the morning before driving back you could then swap your Ontario license for a Connecticut license.
I looked into the Canada option but problem is i cant leave the US due to not being issued the travel authorisation. Great idea though!
Have managed to get into the DMV next tuesday for the learners permit due to a cancelled appointment.
After 21 years i will be studying the highway code again.
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You are going for a Driver's License from the State of CT. Most states within the US will not exchange your UK license for their state license and you have to undergo the written and driving tests before getting a license.

Since it is a State license, you are not reduced to only using the local DMV but can utilize any of the DMV's within the State of Connecticut. Check around and see if you can get an earlier appointment in another area of Connecticut.

Perhaps your new employer will allow you to use your personal vehicle until you have your Connecticut State driver's license and perhaps also reimburse you for the cost of insurance, wear and tear and gas for the time you need to use it.

There are always options.

PS Think how annoying it is for a Canadian who has the same issue you are having and they drive on the correct side of the road up there ;-)
I have thrown the idea of using personal vehicle back to my employer so will await the outcome. Luckily i have managed to get a last minute appointment for tuesday next week with the DMV for the learners permit.
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Originally Posted by tcc1979 View Post
I looked into the Canada option but problem is i cant leave the US due to not being issued the travel authorisation. Great idea though!
Have managed to get into the DMV next tuesday for the learners permit due to a cancelled appointment.
After 21 years i will be studying the highway code again.
I am pretty sure you have to be an Ontario resident to get an Ontario license.
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Originally Posted by http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=514952
When driving, the permit holder must be accompanied by a qualified trainer. A qualified trainer is defined as a person 20 years of age or older who has been licensed to operate a motor vehicle for at least four consecutive years with no suspensions.
Also, the OP should be aware that a learner's permit does not allow you to drive unaccompanied. If the OP will be accompanied, can you ask that person to drive instead?
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I am pretty sure you have to be an Ontario resident to get an Ontario license.
Happy to be corrected, that would make sense, but proof of residence is not listed as one of the required documents.
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Also, the OP should be aware that a learner's permit does not allow you to drive unaccompanied. If the OP will be accompanied, can you ask that person to drive instead?
I think some states waive the requirement to be accompanied for learner's permit holders that also hold a full license from a foreign country. OP should research if CT is one.
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Hey guys, does anyone yet know if the "exchange your UK license for a Canadian license, then a US license" trick actually work? That could really save me a lot of time and effort...
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Originally Posted by BritInParis View Post
Happy to be corrected, that would make sense, but proof of residence is not listed as one of the required documents.
That's probably because Canadians would just expect that residence was a requirement without needing to be explicitly told ...
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Those arrangements are reciprocal on a state by state basis. No state has a reciprocal deal with the UK as the UK does not permit any US drivers license to be exchange for GB or NI driving licence.

The UK does however have a reciprocal arrangement with Canada so you can exchange your GB licence for, say, an Ontario driver's license. There doesn't appear to be any proof of residence requirement so if you don't mind driving up to Toronto, spending a night in an Airbnb and exchanging your GB licence by taking an eye test in the morning before driving back you could then swap your Ontario license for a Connecticut license.
Does that work in reverse, switch a US license for Canadian one , then get a US license ?
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That's probably because Canadians would just expect that residence was a requirement without needing to be explicitly told ...
And hence creating the loophole.

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Does that work in reverse, switch a US license for Canadian one , then get a US license ?
I think that might not work as well. There was a loophole for holders of Indian driving licences to swap for a Hong Kong driving licence to enable them to obtain a GB driving licence without having to sit a UK driving test but that was ended in 2013.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/a...agreement-hong

The requirement now is to show where you have passed your test rather than which countries' driving licence you currently hold. Even if you could you would be restricted to automatics.

https://www.gov.uk/exchange-foreign-...-or-motorcycle
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Originally Posted by tcc1979 View Post
First appointment with DMV here in CT is 1st feb and that is only for a learners permit. Then i have to arrange an 8 hour drug and alcohol class and the driving test at a later date.

Has any one had this problem before?
The husband and I had to do all this a few years back. We didn't need a Learner's Permit, as we have driven in several countries for decades. But we did need the 8 hours of classroom instruction, which we took in the evenings in the next town over. (A class full of American teenagers--fun!!!) It's a big pain, but no way around it.....

Originally Posted by Rete View Post
Since it is a State license, you are not reduced to only using the local DMV but can utilize any of the DMV's within the State of Connecticut. Check around and see if you can get an earlier appointment in another area of Connecticut.
Yes, if you check around, there may be a another CT DMV office with an earlier LP appointment opening. Just make sure that office is authorized to handle Learners' Permits. We took our on-road test in a DMV at the other end of the state, just because they had an opening that was more convenient for us.

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