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I have a full UK licence (for 8 years ish) with no points. Do I need to apply for a US licence when we move or do I have a set period of time that a UK licence will be ok?

Also to get the US licence do I need to sit another test?

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Florida DMV | Department of Motor Vehicles Guide

This should give you all the FL details.

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Brilliant. Thanks.

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I have a full UK licence (for 8 years ish) with no points. Do I need to apply for a US licence when we move or do I have a set period of time that a UK licence will be ok?

Also to get the US licence do I need to sit another test?
Yes and yes.

Don't procrastinate (a word you'll find Americans use a lot!) since the sooner you get a license, the sooner your driving history will start. Foreign history generally doesn't count, though insurance brokers might bs you otherwise to clinch that sale. And until you get that history, insurance will be expensive. Your license is also your ID.

It's pretty well impossible to fail the test unless you both write off the car and kill the examiner during the practical part.

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Fat - My first examiner sported a name tag "Grouch". He needed a footstool to get into my truck (52 inch mudders). He wanted me to parallel park. As we could not settle the question on whose insurance might pay for damages - I walked with a license:>) Tacoma, WA

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If you're going to be settling in Florida, the Florida website is precisely what you want. Just for general reference, Florida is one of those states that has licensing reciprocity agreements with lots of European countries. In many cases, you can just exchange your license for a Florida one without the need to take a test.

But, as with many things in the US, licensing requirements vary (greatly) by state. In most states, you need to get a local state driving license within 30 days of "taking up residence." If you're only over on a short business or tourist trip (say, up to a year), you can usually continue to use your home license while you are "visiting." But the intention to take up residence in the state starts the 30 day clock ticking.

If your state doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with the UK, you'll need to do the written and driving tests - but unlike in Europe, you can do these completely independently (no need to register with a driving school). The local Department or Registry of Motor Vehicles usually has a free booklet that outlines the driving rules you need to know for the tests. A good read-through of the state booklet is normally plenty of "study" for the written test (usually multiple choice - and not difficult at all). The driving test usually only requires that your car be in good operating conditions (lights, horns and brakes all work) and that you not exceed the speed limits, nor make contact with any other vehicle or object during the 5 or 10 minutes you drive with the examiner. (Any contact at all, even without leaving a scratch, counts as an "accident" and you flunk.) Should you flunk, just sign up for the next available testing slot and try again (and hope for a different examiner).
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Yes and yes.


It's pretty well impossible to fail the test unless you both write off the car and kill the examiner during the practical part.
I'll bear that in mind

Its Virginia we are going to so we have 60 days to change.

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Fat - My first examiner sported a name tag "Grouch". He needed a footstool to get into my truck (52 inch mudders). He wanted me to parallel park. As we could not settle the question on whose insurance might pay for damages - I walked with a license:>) Tacoma, WA
I just got my liscence in PA. Parallel park is dirty word for me. The first time I took the test I went up the wrong side of the road and the examiner said Oh, these european people, they want to use the other side of the road. I never made that mistake again in all the times I went back.

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I just got my liscence in PA. Parallel park is dirty word for me. The first time I took the test I went up the wrong side of the road and the examiner said Oh, these european people, they want to use the other side of the road. I never made that mistake again in all the times I went back.

Hey, don't feel bad. It's not about being European it's just that parallel parking is the stupidest thing in the world. It's a dirty word for me too and I grew up here!

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