If I live in USA now, but have a Canadian driver licence, can I buy and register car here or I need to register and get car insurance in Canada?

I works in US by TN visa. I applied for SSN, but didn't get it yet.

Question is: US driver licence is necessary for car registration? Or Canadian is okay?

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    If you are a US resident, you are very likely violating the law of the state where you reside. Most states have a rule that within 30 days of moving there (or some similar period), you must apply for a driver's license from that state. In other words, most states do not allow their residents to drive with a license from another jurisdiction.
    – phoog
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 17:41
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    I'm still less than 30 days here, just wonder if I can buy car before I get US driver licence.
    – Alexan
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 17:46
  • The quickest way to find out is probably to ask a car dealer, or, if you want to buy one in a private sale, ask the motor vehicles office in your state.
    – phoog
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 17:55
  • How did you solve this in the end? Maybe you could put in an answer to help future users? And could you please specify which US state you are/were in?
    – mts
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 6:07
  • @mts, it depends on the state. I was in RI, used Canadian car first, then got RI driver licence. It isn't answer actually, just workaround.
    – Alexan
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 16:31


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