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In other questions, you were mentioning changing your US tax home state. This can be done for vehicles as well. A popular choice (in Baja California) is to re-register the car in South Dakota. South Dakota specifically allows non-residents to register cars there, without the vehicle ever having to be in South Dakota. You have to apply at the county ...


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I have found references for 3 Canadian provinces. Ontario seems to be the most clear. From Government of Ontario website: You can exchange an out-of-province licence for an Ontario licence, if you are re-locating from ... Republic of Ireland. Saskatchewan is less clear. From Government of Saskatchewan website: If you are a new resident to ...


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You'll have to pay the registration fees and have someone mail you the sticker to apply to your license plate. If you need physical examination of the car (here, in California, smog tests are required for certain vehicles as a condition for the license plate sticker renewal) - you're out of luck and better get the car to Kansas before it expires. Another ...


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As a tourist, you will not be able to get a CA license. You will need a work visa like L or H, and a SSN (that you become eligible for if you have such a visa). Buying a car with a foreign license is possible (as with no license at all), the problem is then the insurance which will become very expensive. Also, getting rid of the car in the end will lead to ...


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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 agreement, but there's no provision against it currently.


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According to this site, the exam is in Portuguese but you can get assistance from an interpreter. Here is an excerpt and the emphasis is mine: The theory test for a Category B licence contains 30 questions to be answered in 35 minutes of which 27 must be correct. There is also an oral Technical Test which lasts 50 minutes. If the candidate is ...


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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 without having to retake the exam (given it hasn't expired yet - if it has you might be out of luck). The only thing you should be required for the exchange is a ...


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I could not find many details on this 14-day rule but all the sources I found, including the EU website suggest that it only applies to people who are just moving into the country. So it means you must register the car/motorcycle within 14 days of becoming a resident, and not 14 days of importing the vehicle. Basically, it seems it's intended to cover a car ...


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General things If you'll be coming in on a permanent visa, you have three months to convert your foreign license to an Australian license. The good news is that this is a fairly straightforward process; you should be able to walk into the nearest DMV office and walk out an hour or so later with an Australian license. And as long as you're over 25 years ...


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In the US, not so easy to find except for sports cars or very low end. You will not find a US high or middle market sedan or SUV with a manual transmission. Having said that, American, Japanese and Korean automatic transmissions work very well and are completely safe.


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In general it's not a problem to find a manual car here in Canada. 8 years ago When I came over from Europe I got a used Hyundai Elantra. Kijiji lists ~95k automatic and ~15k manual cars for sale. But - my wife can't drive it, many other people can't drive manual. So you'll always be the designated driver :-). Pricewise it's not cheaper, maybe even more ...


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According to uk.gov, you can get an international driving permit (IDP) from the post office, the RAC, or the AA. The RAC and the AA apparently process applications through the mail, and the AA at least has explicit instructions for those who want their permits sent to overseas addresses. However, to qualify for a British IDP, uk.gov notes that you must be ...


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I was just in the UK for a little over 2 months and was visiting from the US (with a US driver's license). In my duration there, I rented two cars--one for a few weeks (a manual vintage campervan), and another for nearly 2 months (a more modern, automatic compact car). Legally, you can drive a vehicle in the UK for up to 12 months if you're from the US (or ...


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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 lose your license, it gets stolen or expires, you should apply for a replacement to the authorities of the country where you live, and not from the country ...


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It looks like registration is handled by the Kansas Department of Revenue. From their FAQ Can I renew my vehicle registration (license plate) on the Internet? Yes, you may renew registration via the Internet through the Division's website, www.kswebtags.org. You will need your PIN/Access code number from your renewal notice and a credit card (Visa, ...


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A CA drivers license isn't required to register a car in CA. I have a Massachusetts drivers license and have bought several cars in CA and the DMV process was basically the same as if I had had a CA drivers license. The clerk just wrote a note that my drivers license number is from Massachusetts. It should be the same for you. On a side note, if you buy a ...


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In most major Chinese cities they have the driver's license test in English. You just need to buy the book with the Chinese traffic regulations (recent one) and learn it and go to the exam. You will need your passport, your driver's license from your country in original and copy and the proof of address in China (that piece of paper with your photo and ...


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You will find it hard (but not impossible) to get a vehicle insured as a learner driver (provisional licence) especially without a specific named driver. If you can find someone to supervise your driving, you can hire dual-control cars for driving lessons from some of the car hire places, with the appropriate insurance included for you as a provisional ...


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Taxis are plentiful in Singapore. For S$20 you can get a ride half way across the country (literally). Unless you are planning on commuting to home and back for every lunch and coffee break, taking taxis would be far cheaper than operating your own vehicle. And you'll save time getting dropped off at your destination rather than searching for a parking ...


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There are no cheap cars in Singapore. A bog-standard Toyota Corolla will set you back on the order of $100,000, or $10k/year if amortized out over the 10-year span of the required Certificate of Entitlement (COE), and that's before registration, insurance, petrol, road tolls, etc. More detail: https://www.valuechampion.sg/costs-car-ownership-singapore ...


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Yes it is possible to get a Chinese drivers license. There are many services that offer "streamlined" processes to do this (www.chinesedriverslicense.com for instance). Only certain testing centres offer the exams in English, so if you are going to do it on your own, you will need to get all the documentation and find a testing centre in English. If you use ...


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The US embassy site ( http://madrid.usembassy.gov/citizen-services/faq-spain.html ) states that since the US does not have an agreement with Spain, you have to take the driving test (theoretical and practical, or maybe just one, I have no idea as I don't live in Spain, but a compulsory medical test also for those who just exchange the license is mentioned) ...


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If you are a resident in Germany, you have to pass the exam in Germany. UK licenses are valid in Germany, even if you are a resident but you can only acquire one while residing in the UK. The rule is very clear and stems from article 7 of directive 2006/126/EC. Where things get a little more complex is that in principle, the UK should not issue a license in ...


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Yucatan Expatriates Services posts the details on how to take your car into Mexico (including a print version). I have no affiliation with YES. How to Bring your Car into Mexico By Yucatan Expatriate Services One of the most frequent questions we are asked is how to bring a car into Mexico. There are three ways you can do it, depending on how ...


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Motorcycles are used by many people in Australia (even many rich people like my boss love to have fast and expensive motorbikes). You can buy a motorbike or car using a foreign license (as long as it is in English or you have its translation)


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You've got bigger problems than the vehicle. As an EU citizen, making an extended stay in Spain: after three months in Spain, you are considered resident (Spanish-only, I'm afraid). You must apply to be included in the Central Register of Foreigners before the three months are up. after six months, you must have imported your car, which can be expensive ...


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You may only use a foreign registered car in the UK for up to 6 months in any 12 month period so it depends how long you will be living outside the UK. https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/temporary-imports


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"Resident" means "where do you generally live". If you go on holiday to your home country (or anywhere else), then you are still resident in the UK. If you move back to your home country (end your lease, leave your job, etc), and then move back to the UK, then you stop being resident in the UK. Sorry, you are going to need to get a UK driving license. ...


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You're not required to show a UK address for the past 3 years. You'll need to provide your addresses for the past 3 years, wherever in the world they are.


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Here is your answer : If you become a resident or stay for longer than 6 months you must register and tax your vehicle in the UK https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk/temporary-imports


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