If this is true in practice, it is certainly not very well known, and the Texas DPS website is quite explicit that a new resident in Texas must obtain a Tx license within 90 days..... It appears that Texas, for example, allows driving with a foreign license if you are genuinely a temporary resident of Texas for no more than one year.
txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/movingtotexas.htmAn individual can legally drive with a valid, unexpired driver license from another state or country for up to 90 days after moving to Texas.
I do check this stuff.If this is true in practice, it is certainly not very well known, and the Texas DPS website is quite explicit that a new resident in Texas must obtain a Tx license within 90 days.
Interesting, but it does seem to hang on the definition of the term "resident". The following clause gives me particular problemsI do check
You are correct: the DPS is quite explicit. They use the word resident. If you are not one of those, and if you're a foreigner with a foreign driver's license (from one of the many treaty countries), you can drive for up to one year after entry into the United States.
Probably ...A student studying at the University of Texas with a non-immigrant visa, staying in university housing, and returning regularly (e.g. between terms) to his/her country is probably not a resident of Texas for these purposes, to pick an example. The state defines residency.
There's no problem whatsoever with vehicle registration. That's a separate issue. If you have a valid license (Texas, other state, or foreign) you can either drive a rental car (which is registered to the owner of the car, the rental car company) or somebody else's car, if he/she lets you. Having the proper licensing to drive does not mean you must only drive vehicles personally registered to you.
Buying (or leasing) and registering a vehicle in your name probably also requires state residency, in which case you also need that state's license.
All I can say is "be careful with that." If you're on a limited term assignment in Texas (or anywhere else) you can probably argue/justify that you are NOT resident for license purposes. Once your "assignment" is more open-ended or long-term, the more you have to consider whether you are actually resident and ought to just suck it up and get a Texas license. When you DON'T want to be discussing this is after you've been stopped by the nice highway trooper for blasting into hyperspace or running a stop light.Exactly, Twostep. Every state has its definition of residency.
That provision is in the Texas code for a reason: it is legally possible to drive in Texas (and presumably other states) for up to one year (dated from entry into the U.S.) on a valid foreign license if you are not a state resident. "Valid" here means, among other things, the license must be issued by a country recognized in the applicable treaties.
PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services - New ResidentsSo I'm moving to Philly, PA on an L1 visa.
I will be there for a minimum of 2 years. I will be looking to buy a beat up old car to get me through it all. To buy the car do I need to have a PA license? Would this entail me doing the written and actual skills test?