Can I exchange a Texas license for an Italian license. When I lived in France some states you could.

If not, what if I just drive/ride using my Texas license for several years....

  • Individual states do not have the ability to enter in to agreements with sovereign nations. It's entirely up to the host country to do it or not
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jun 12, 2015 at 11:39

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Unfortunately not.

From the US Embassy in Italy:

Unfortunately, there is no agreement for reciprocal recognition of drivers' licenses between the United States and Italy. The Italian Ministry of Transportation has determined that bearers of U.S. driver's licenses cannot obtain an Italian license directly in exchange for a domestic one. Interested individuals must comply with the usual requirements prescribed for obtaining an Italian license, (a written test, a driving test, a medical examination, and pertinent documents).

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