Driving in the USA with an Indian Driving License

Driving in the USA with an International Driving License

Whether they're on a business trip, studying, using an H-1B visa, or just visiting, many Indians first arriving in the United States want to know whether they are allowed to drive a vehicle with a valid driving license from India. In the US, driving is not leisure, it is a necessity. Without a valid license, one cannot rent a car and it's hard to move around suburban areas or anywhere else where public transport is not available.

Traffic rules are different from India. Critically, in India right-hand vehicles are driven but in the US you drive from the left side of the car.

One must keep in mind that driving without a license is illegal in both the countries. But in America traffic rules are not as leniently enforced as in India. In India, violating any traffic rule one time means a minor cash penalty whereas in the US a severe punishment is doled for every violation. Cash fines are accompanied by marks on or suspensions of licenses, and in the long run violations result in increased insurance premiums.

The International Driving License has made it convenient to legally drive in different parts of the world without any difficulty. Travelers arriving from India to the US must obtain an IDL from India. It is useful because in India driving licenses are issued in the official language of the state issuing the license.

It's important to remember that an IDL does not permit anyone to drive in USA. The IDL is not in itself a driving license. It is a legal translation of a current valid license into 10 languages. It is like a passport and comes with an International Driving Document containing the list of countries which have signed the United Nations Convention on Roads and Traffic resolution to accept the terms of the International Driving License.

Holding an International Driving License makes the procedure for obtaining a valid driving license in the US easy. The IDL is valid only along with the original driver's license from India.

International Driving License holders and those interested can log onto http://www.idlservice.com for more information about obtaining one. No test is required. However, it is the responsibility of the license holder to familiarize him- or herself with the rules of the road conform strictly to the local laws and regulations.

This is not limited to Indian license holders. Anyone can apply from any corner of the world and obtain the proper documentation before even arriving. Moreover, a permit to drive in the USA is allowed for up to 10 years or up to the validity of the original license.

Conditions to allow driving with an Indian license differs from state to state in the US. For latest state-level details, manuals, procedures, and traffic rules refer to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the state you intend to drive in.

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Prakash 6 years ago

Thank you for the useful information.


Ankit Jha 5 years ago

The information is very helpful and concise.


anwar azad 5 years ago

can i drive in usa with an indian IDL, pls reply me via mail on azadwmtc@yahoo.com


jayul patel 5 years ago

I am visiting USA in new york for two weeks for a holiday. --- Can i use my indian driving licence which is in english to drive a car in new york

Please reply on jayulpatel@gmail.com

thanks


Frank 4 years ago

GOOD!


sundar 4 years ago

dear sir i am indian heavy vehicle driving licence holder i likeing usa driving jobs help me sir thanks u email id : jeevan_sundar@yahoo.com


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BD WADHWA 4 years ago from INDIA Author

As I have mentioned, condition to allow driving with Indian Driving License differs from State to State in USA. For latest state wise details, manuals, procedures and traffic rules Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) site http://www.dmv.org/ may please be referred.


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BD WADHWA 4 years ago from INDIA Author

Thanks


A S Narayanan 4 years ago

Thank you for this useful info.


Pratyush 4 years ago

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sathya 4 years ago

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Arghya 2 years ago

India license is in English as per CMV 1989. There is no other language on the document. Same with RC.

Indians do not need IDP (not IDL) in US since we already have the document in English. But one needs to check the rules in each state in the US.

Indians drive in the left and US in right.


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Chris 2 years ago

There are countless organizations looking to make an extra buck off the International Driver Permit process. They may charge anywhere from a few extra dollars to hundreds of dollars more than the regular fee. Not only will you waste your money on a fake document, you could face major hassles while traveling by not having the proper document.

Take some time before you begin your trip to obtain your IDP through the right channels.

Remember, the State Department has authorized ONLY the following motor clubs to issue IDPs:

AAA.

NAC.

http://www.dmv.org/international-driver-permits.ph...

If you fear that you've become the victim of IDP fraud, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Better Business Bureau, or your local Attorney General’s office.

The State Department also recommends that you check with the embassies and consulates of the countries you plan to visit and inquire about specific licensing and auto insurance requirements, as well as local rules of the road.


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