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Offline Wild Orchid

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In Aus Rus/Ukranian drivers license is valid for 3 months then you need to sit a test but there is a way around it and i would say the same goes for most of your countries as well in Aus you may drive on an international driving license untill you are a permanent resident or citizen. we used the below company to do this for us and had the licence shipped out in a week. This licence covers 200 countries.

http://www.international-license.com/index.php

If person fails to have a  driving test during first initial 3 months and get Au license, his/her Russian license won't be valid any more and (s)he will have to start from the scratch and get a learners permit first, wait 6-12 month and  go for drivers license

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My wife is getting her Ukrainian driving license now. However, to be able to drive when she arrives in Canada, I believe she will need an International Driving Permit.

Where can an International Driving Permit be obtained in Ukraine?

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What is the situation with FSU licences in other countries?

Canada:
(Source Canadian Automobile Association)
Visitors (6 months or less) - Valid DL issued in country of residency, passport and/or International DL issued in country of residency.  This and a valid recognized credit card will allow a visitor (RW) to rent a vehicle.
Visa holder (over 6 months) and/or claiming residency in Canada - 90 days to switch to DL in province of residency.  A valid DL from former country of residency, written general knowledge exam and road test will be required.  In provinces with graduated licensing programs, the applicant (RW) must hold a current driver's licence in their former country of residency for more than two years or will end up with the equivalent Provincial DL (in otherwords a DL with learner/novice restrictions) and have to graduate the program as anyone else would.
This is important...Should an applicant fail a Road Test, their DL will be pulled (confescated) until such time as they pass (this means unable to drive at all and loss of a piece of personal identification). Failure of the written exam means a re-write but not loss of DL.
International DLs on their own are not valid.

Hope this helps.

Brass


Brass didnt mention that BC, do you have more up to date info?
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Just as we Americans can drive in Russia on our American licences if we are visiting there.

Really?  How sure are you on this?  I'm going to Omsk in Sept. and my GF wants to see if I can fit in her little car and drive it around. 
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[Brass didnt mention that BC, do you have more up to date info?

Nope, no new info. According to Brass's post, my wife would be able to drive in Canada for three months on a Ukrainian driver's license, and I assumed that an International Driver's Permit would also be necessary.

The usual procedure seems to be that the International Driver's Permit must be obtained in the same country that has issued the driver's license. Ukraine, in this case. So back to my question:

Where can an International Driving Permit be obtained in Ukraine?
 


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Where can an International Driving Permit be obtained in Ukraine?
 



Kevin

As far as I am aware, all NEW Ukrainian Driving Licences are International now, the new ones have a picture ID card with them that is written in both Ukrainian and English. I just looked at my wifes gathering dust since she came over here  ;) and it looks to me like you can use it as an International DL, in fact it is very similar to the UK Photo Driving Licence cards we now have here. 

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In fact the IDL is not actually a "licence" or "permit" at all, it just translates the existing lic. that you have. So your original lic. has to be shown to the police along with the IDL, and if your original lic. is suspended or expired the IDL is no longer valid. So the original Ukrainian lic. should be valid to use in Canada as it's written in English too as Chris says

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As far as I am aware, all NEW Ukrainian Driving Licences are International now, the new ones have a picture ID card with them that is written in both Ukrainian and English. I just looked at my wife's gathering dust since she came over here  ;) and it looks to me like you can use it as an International DL, in fact it is very similar to the UK Photo Driving Licence cards we now have here. 

Chris

Arina tells me that her new license will also be valid in Europe, so perhaps you are correct about it being accepted as an international license in Canada.


So the original Ukrainian lic. should be valid to use in Canada as it's written in English too as Chris says
Could be!! I always get myself in trouble when I start applying logic to to bureaucracy.


This is from the Alberta Operator Licensing and Vehicle Control Regulation:

International licence
4(1)  A person who is not resident in Canada and who holds a valid international driver’s licence issued outside Canada that permits the person to drive a particular class or type of motor vehicle is not required to hold a subsisting operator’s licence if the person drives the same type or class of motor vehicle in Alberta.

(2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person has been in Alberta for more than 12 consecutive months.

(3)  Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2), if the person has become a resident of Alberta, he or she must obtain an operator’s licence within 90 days of the date of the person’s move to take up residence in Alberta, irrespective of whether the person travels outside Alberta during the 90‑day period.

http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/documents/Regs/2002_320.cfm?frm_isbn=0779722019

I'll keep on poking around, see if I can come up with a definitive answer to my question.

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Just to clarify for the USA, visitors who have drivers licenses issued in a foreign country that is signatory to the UN treaty in that regard can drive in the USA for a certain amount of time. 


This varies State by State.  One must check the State they intend to reside in, or the States they intend to travel in.



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After some time (I've seen 6 months and a year) the person must obtain a state driver's license which requires passing the knowledge and skills test -- plus required ID.


Again, this varies State by State.  Some do not require a skills test.  One must check the State they intend to reside in to be sure of the current requirements.



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For British Columbia, check out the ICBC website:
http://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/moving-bc/licence-othercountry

From most countries including FSU you have 90 days with your existing licence. After that you must write and exam and do a road test. you can take the exam in Russian.

BC has a graduated learning program, requiring at least one year as a Learner (driving with a supervisor), followed by two years as a New Driver (only one passenger, or family only, or with a supervisor). If you want a full privilege driver's licence sooner, you will need to prove prior experience. The procedure for translation of your evidence looks more onerous that that required by CIC. Contact ICBC for the details.

Kevin (BCKev) has found a Russian language study manual for Washington State. PM one of us and we will email it to you.

My wife Natasha is taking driving lessons in Ukraine now, while we wait for CIC to issue a resident card. I presume that if she passes the tests and gets her licence, she will be deemed to have started as a New Driver on the date of issue.

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This a topic that wants updating with info from various American states.
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I will check the requirements in my home state (Texas) and my temporary (hopefully) state of Oklahoma and post what I find out.
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Florida recently updated the law recently requiring international driving permits, but there is some confusion on the matter and it is not enforced for the most part. With so many tourists here, I am sure they will reverse it. We know of women that have had no issues and a couple women that have been hassled for it. If it appears you have been living here a while and do not have a Florida license you may be looked at more closely.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/15/3237171/foreign-visitors-can-drive-in.html




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Here, it's done on a state-by-state basis.

Yep, in Florida an RU D/L is absolutely worthless, and you need either an EAD (work permit) or a greencard to get a license. It's only valid as long as your immigration paperwork is, plus you must take 4 hrs of drug-alcohol class / written test / driving test.

What's worse is that you get no insurance credit for years of driving experience acquired outside the US, so in our case, the wife pays $1000 every 6 months for insurance, just like if she were a 16 year old  :o
RU citizen can get an international DL while still in Russia. It is recognized here in Florida. No work permit or green card needed. You are correct in regard to insurance though - they do not recognize a person's prior driving experience outside the US.

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Here, it's done on a state-by-state basis.

Yep, in Florida an RU D/L is absolutely worthless, and you need either an EAD (work permit) or a greencard to get a license. It's only valid as long as your immigration paperwork is, plus you must take 4 hrs of drug-alcohol class / written test / driving test.

What's worse is that you get no insurance credit for years of driving experience acquired outside the US, so in our case, the wife pays $1000 every 6 months for insurance, just like if she were a 16 year old  :o
RU citizen can get an international DL while still in Russia. It is recognized here in Florida. No work permit or green card needed. You are correct in regard to insurance though - they do not recognize a person's prior driving experience outside the US.

And do they consider the RU licence most likely was obtained by a bribe! ;)


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