Can i drive in CA using foreign country DL

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Can i drive in CA using foreign country DL

I arrived in CA a month ago on L1 visa work visa.
Can i use DL issued in my country to drive in CA till i get CA DL?
Thanks
Moninder

Asked on September 22, 2018 under General Practice, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you will be in the U.S. for a maximum of 3 months you must have a valid driver's license from your own country, additionally some states require an International Driving Permit (IDP) from foreign nationals. That having been said, driving in the U.S. with just your foreign issued driver's license can be problematic since the authorities might be unable to read it if it is written in a language other than English, so getting an IDP is recommended. If you will be staying in the U.S. for more than 3 months, then once you attain residency in the state in which you are living, you must apply for a driver's license there.


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