I have the following situation: Lived in California for 7 years under F-1 visa and had DL (+RealID). My current ID expires in Aug.

I "temporarily" moved to Canada for about a year. I will come back to California next year as greencard holder (my DL is expired by then).

My question: To avoid doing the behind the wheel test again etc., does it make a difference if I have the expired physical DL card or not?

I am thinking of replacing my Californian DL with a Canadian one since six months in Canada have passed for me. But I would only want to do this if this does not bring me disadvantages when I return to California. Note that replacement means I can get my Canadian license directly but have to give them my Californian one. They will send it back to DMV in California.

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