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The law in the state of New York...
York honors foreign licenses. Under international agreements, most
notably the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic, a signatory nation
agrees to honor a license issued by another signatory nation for one year
from the date a person enters the jurisdiction. With few exceptions, all
nations are signatories to such agreements. Therefore, New York, and all
other U.S. States, are required to honor licenses from signatory nations
for one year from the date the driver enters the U.S. (provided the home
license is, and remains, valid). However, New York State voluntarily extends
reciprocity to such licenses until the license is no longer valid, or
the driver becomes a resident of New York. In the latter case, the person
then has 30 days to obtain a New York license. In general then, there
is no need for a person validly licensed in his or her home nation to
apply for a New York license.
Driving Permits. An International Driving Permit is not a
license to drive and, by itself, is not valid for driving in New York
State. The permit merely confirms that the person is validly licensed
in his or her home jurisdiction. It is the underlying home license that
New York honors, not the permit. The permit merely informs authorities,
in their native language, that the person has a valid license. (NOTE:
U.S. residents usually obtain International Driving Permits from local
auto clubs affiliated with the AAA. The NY DMV does not
issue International Driving Permits).
of Resident. For the purpose of driver license and vehicle registration
requirements, Section 250 (5) of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic
Law defines the term "resident" as "domiciliary, that is,
one who lives in this state with the intention of making it a fixed and
permanent abode. It shall be presumptive evidence that a person who maintains
a place of abode in this state for a period of at least 90 days is a resident
of this state." If the issue of residency were presented to a court,
evidence of non-residency, such as where the person pays taxes, could
be used to argue against the presumption of residency provision.
There is nothing in the Vehicle and Traffic Law which prohibits
a non-US-resident from applying for and receiving a New York State license.
However, we recommend against this for several reasons: In most cases,
because of the international agreements, it is not necessary; New York
will honor your foreign license. We require the applicant to surrender
the foreign license and it will not be returned when he or she
is ready to return home An applicant from any nation other than Canada
must pass a written test, complete a 5-hour pre-licensing course and pass
a road test in order to qualify for a license.
To get more infos, Department of Motor Vehicles (NY):http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/
Reproducted with the authorization from the DMV of NY