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Is there any way to get a new (not renew) US driver's license when living overseas?

But I can't use that license in the US because I have to use my US passport when I enter the US. You can and should use that driver's license to drive in the US. All states generally allow out-of-...
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Can anyone tell if an EU driving licence has been exchanged from a non-EU country?

Yes, normally they can tell that the license is exchanged because there is a mention at the back, on the bottom part, (at the very least, for the new, credit-card format licenses) with a code ...
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How long can a F-1 Student drive in the US with an Indian License in Maryland state

Whoever told you that you would have a year's use of your Indian license was wrong. Driver's license eligibility is controlled by each individual state. Maryland DMV ("MVA") says that a new ...
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Can I drive in Germany with UK license even though I am not a UK permanent citizen?

Official advice from German Ministry of Transport In short: Your UK driving license is valid in Germany. German officials don't like it how some people get around the residency restrictions of the EU ...
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Whats the logic behind making a Foreign License valid only for the first Six months in Germany

Most countries have restrictions on how long foreigners can drive on their foreign-issued driving license before having to exchange it for a local one. This is mainly to benefit tourists, but is also ...
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Not having to surrender a German drivers license when getting a US license

Here is the relevant section of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regulations that references the reciprocity agreement with Germany (emphasis mine): WHO NEEDS A PENNSYLVANIA DRIVER’S ...
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Do EU driving licence points count in the UK?

If you have a conviction in the last five years, you should answer "yes" regardless of whether the points are visible on your UK driving record. Otherwise, you run the risk of being denied coverage. ...
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How does the "must have had license for x years" requirement work when I renew or transfer my license?

I was not able to find information on the official site, but some people here mention that when they exchanged their licences for a UK one, the dates on the back of the licence reflected when they ...
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I have a Massachusetts driver's license and I moved to California: how long do I have to get a California's driving license?

Have a look at the California DMV's Information For Persons New To California. Then follow the link for How to apply for a driver license if you are over 18 (mirror): If you become a California ...
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Can I drive in Germany with UK license even though I am not a UK permanent citizen?

Since you have done your driving license in the UK, which is part of the EU, while living legally there, your driving license is both valid in Germany, and also you can exchange it to a German one ...
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Renewal of South African driver's license while living in Italy

Searching "renew South Africa drivers license" yielded many results. This one was from the South Africa High Commission, which seems to act in a consular capacity for the South Africa government. This ...
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Is the validity of a foreign driving license for a new UK resident 12 months from issue of RP or arrival?

The 12 months period starts on the date you entered the UK on your visa. From gov.uk: You can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident ...
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Does an international driving license still work in Germany after 6 months of residence?

First, the international driving permit (IDP) has no validity independent of the national license that was used to acquire the IDP. The IDP just serves as a translation and certification of the ...
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Why does my new California drivers license say "LIMITED-TERM"?

A little sleuthing at the wayback machine shows that California was not actually certified compliant with Real ID until May 25th of this year. Before that, they were for a brief while "under review," ...
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When Does the 12 Months for Using My US Driving License Start?

It is from the day your residency physically began in the UK. The DVLA, in general, doesn't have anything to do with visas or status, and likely knows nothing about that. Their rules are separate.
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Living in Germany and getting a driving license from Italy or USA

It is certainly not allowed and seems somewhat unlikely (although by no means impossible) to work in practice. An Italian license would indeed be valid in Germany but you should not be allowed to get ...
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Living in Germany and getting a driving license from Italy or USA

Just to add to @Gala's post, in general you cannot get a driver licence in a different jurisdiction. However in most places this law is not (or not really) enforced, or they don't really care about ...
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What reasons are there to exchange an EU driving licence to a UK/GB one?

Generally you are not required to exchange your licence, and you won't benefit much by doing so. If your old licence has still a few years' validity left you might not want to bother. However if it's ...
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US/EU dual national wants to exchange US driver's license for a European one

I don't think so. Residence can have all sorts of consequences but I am not aware of any driving-licence-related law that makes a distinction based on citizenship and official Dutch sources like RDW ...
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Living in Japan for 25 years, how can I change the address on my old paper license?

Have you avoided driving in Japan for 25 years? :-) Technically you are not allowed to update your GB licence unless you are a resident of Great Britain. I think the licence exchange program is ...
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Can a non-resident UK citizen use a foreign driving license inside the UK?

I have lived in Thailand for 14 years, and my UK driving licence expired in about 2010. In 2014 (my UK licence was well and truly expired by then), I visited the UK and was able to hire a car using my ...
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Lost my EU license and need to replace with UK license - help

The government websites are poorly worded. In fact, the page you found is saying after 68 you must exchange your licence, but up to that point you can do so voluntarily. So you will need to fill in ...
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Can I exchange a UK for a DE license when my UK license is not yet about to expire?

Yes. The advice from UK government is that holders of UK driving licenses who live in Germany should exchange their driving licenses before 29th March https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-germany#...
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Exchanging a New Zealand driver's licence for a UK manual car drivers license?

I ended up calling NZTA, the person on the phone seemed to know what I needed. 10 minutes later I had an email from NZTA with a "Letter of Entitlement". I printed this and sent it off with my ...
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Renting and driving in UK with Left Hand driving licence

Drivers' licenses from countries where drivers sit on the left side of the vehicle are accepted for car rentals in the UK. I have a license from a left hand drive country, and have regularly rented ...
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Getting driver's license faster in Germany

I just typed "Führerschein in einer Woche" into google, and there are plenty of places that offer courses that should get you a driver's license in about a week (plus a few days maybe). That's one ...
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HK to UK Driving license

I've exchanged my Hungarian one to a UK one last year. The valid from date remained the original, and everyone (insurance and car rental companies) accepted my licence to be >10 years old. The only ...
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Driver's License in European Union

In the EU, you should by default get a license from the country you live in. EU countries are not supposed to let you pass the exam or to issue a license if you are not a resident. Conversely, if you ...
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Renewal of expat driving licence now living in Greece and over 70, what to do?

If you are living in Greece, then EU law expects you to renew your license in the country of your residence. So that's what you should do.
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