When planning an international move, one of the details you will want to research and plan accordingly for is the drivers license requirements for the particular country to which you are moving. The requirements can vary from country to country, and they can also depend on the specific type of immigration status you will be living under. But in order to make sure you are in compliance, here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your move.
Every country will have different laws as to what suffices for a valid drivers license there. Since we cannot cover the rules for every country, we will give you some general information to help you ensure your bases are covered. If you are moving through an employee relocation, your company should be able to assist you with this and help work out the details. Another option is to contact the consulate for your destination country and discuss your specific situation with them so they can point you in the right direction. As a customer of Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics, our professional international moving coordinators will be able to assist you with these and any other questions you may have.
Depending on your immigration status, in many countries you may be able to use your current United States drivers license for a period of time. If you will be living there on a work visa or a student visa, this will likely be the case. However, if you will be obtaining residency in that country, most of the time you will need to apply for a local drivers license there. Obviously the process of obtaining a local drivers license can vary greatly in different countries. There may also be time restrictions as to how long your U.S. drivers license will be valid.
Another option sometimes worth considering is an international drivers permit.
Unfortunately we can not tell you exactly the type of drivers license you will need when you move as that will be dependent on the specific country, your immigration status and other factors. We can only recommend that you seek the appropriate information for your situation, and take the necessary steps to ensure you will be legally able to drive once you get there. Consult with your employer, your moving coordinator and even the country’s consulate to get the correct information. More International Moving Tips.