If you're moving to
the United States, being able to drive a motor vehicle is vital.
In major cities like New York and Washington, D.C., public transportation
systems are large and can help you get almost anywhere you need to go, but
smaller cities often don't have mass transit systems, particularly in the
suburbs. Because of this, it's important for you to learn the driving
requirements for your new home prior to your move from Australia to the U.S.
In the United States,
driving laws are not instituted at the federal level. Instead, each state is
able to determine who can and cannot legally drive within their borders. Most
states will allow a new immigrant to drive with an Australian license, provided
they have an International Driving Permit. This is a credential that you must
obtain before you move.
The laws for getting a
driver's license will also vary from state to state, but in most cases, you'll
need to take a written test and a driving test to qualify for a license. Some
states do allow legal residents to transfer their licenses after passing just a
To learn more about
the specific driver's license requirements for your destination in the U.S.,
you can contact the Department of Motor Vehicles for that state. Chess Moving
can also assist you with your research as a part of our international moving
services. Contact us to learn more.