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Old Oct 30th 2011, 10:05 pm
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I am a UK citizen who had a Florida driving license when I lived there in 1998-2000. I cannot find the card now.
If I am moving to Houston in the next couple of months so do I have to resit my test or can they find my license on the system from my social security number?
Any help appreciated
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Old Oct 30th 2011, 10:32 pm
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Default Re: US driving license

Originally Posted by raithrovers1 View Post
I am a UK citizen who had a Florida driving license when I lived there in 1998-2000. I cannot find the card now.
If I am moving to Houston in the next couple of months so do I have to resit my test or can they find my license on the system from my social security number?
Any help appreciated
There is usually only a very short window for renewing expired/lost licenses with no penalty. It varies by state but is usually of the order of months not decades. I don't know about FL but that license may have been linked to your status at the time and expired as soon as you left. Even so, TX is a different state so would be unlikely to be able to look you up in FL.

It is likely you will have to do all the tests again.
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Old Oct 30th 2011, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by raithrovers1 View Post
I am a UK citizen who had a Florida driving license when I lived there in 1998-2000. I cannot find the card now.
If I am moving to Houston in the next couple of months so do I have to resit my test or can they find my license on the system from my social security number?
Any help appreciated
I'd just take the test again.

If you can drive the car in a straight line without killing anyone or knocking over any structural walls you're doing OK as a Texas driver. All other aspects of driving in Texas are optional.
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Originally Posted by dbj1000 View Post
I'd just take the test again.

If you can drive the car in a straight line without killing anyone or knocking over any structural walls you're doing OK as a Texas driver. All other aspects of driving in Texas are optional.
Does he have to take his test in a White Dually with Bull Horns on the Grille?


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Most likely your licence in Florida is expired. Texas DPS won't have the other 49 states DMV records to try and find it for you.

If you do not have the unexpired licence in your hand when go to DPS, they will require you to take the test. A woman in front of me had a 10 day expired licence from Nevada. She had to take the test. So, just assume you will need to do the whole process here. It's easy, just DPS here is quite time consuming.
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And sometimes even if you have an out-of-state license, the new state may require you to sit an exam. When hubby and I moved from KY to OH, we had to take the written exam before we could exchange our license.

But yeah, if you don't have the physical license card, they will not know you hold a valid license from another state and will assume you are a new driver that will need to sit the written & road tests.
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And sometimes even if you have an out-of-state license, the new state may require you to sit an exam. When hubby and I moved from KY to OH, we had to take the written exam before we could exchange our license.
I always found it amusing that Sheila, when she moved from MI to KY had to retake her driving test - written and road... but when I moved from Canada (NS) to KY, I didn't have to take either! I just handed in my NS license and got a KY one in exchange.

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Originally Posted by dbj1000 View Post
I'd just take the test again.

If you can drive the car in a straight line without killing anyone or knocking over any structural walls you're doing OK as a Texas driver. All other aspects of driving in Texas are optional.
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Originally Posted by dbj1000 View Post
If you can drive the car in a straight line without killing anyone or knocking over any structural walls you're doing OK as a Texas driver. All other aspects of driving in Texas are optional.
Boy, they are tough in Texas!

No worries about structural walls in these parts....

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The chances of them being able to look anything up correctly at the DMV are several trillion to one.
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The chances of them being able to look anything up correctly at the DMV are several trillion to one.
But if you're able to go to previous states DMV site and get a report of driving history, it might help with getting better insurance on getting a new Texas driver as the OP wouldn't be considered a completely new driver...
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But if you're able to go to previous states DMV site and get a report of driving history, it might help with getting better insurance on getting a new Texas driver as the OP wouldn't be considered a completely new driver...
I was able to get a better rate on my car insurance by explaining to the insurance company that the reason I hadn't been insured for the last few years was because I had been living overseas. Nearly cut the rate in half, and they didn't even care that a) I didn't have a car overseas or b) I didn't have a full driving licence overseas.
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The chances of them being able to look anything up correctly at the DMV are several trillion to one.
Agreed!
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The chances of them being able to look anything up correctly at the DMV are several trillion to one.

This is so true.
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So can I go to Florida and the office where I sat my original test and get an updated driving license or proof for when I had my license? I may be staying in Florida for one month before I start work in Texas. This way I might be able to get cheaper insurance.
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