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Author Topic: Validity of Russian/Ukrainian Driving Licences in Europe, Oz, UK & the US.  (Read 39630 times)

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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.

You don't need to tell your insurance company that your wife had a foreign DL or has never driven in her life. You are adding your spouse who is a resident to your policy.

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Residents With An Out-Of-Country License

The United States signed an agreement with many other countries to honor a foreign driver license for visitors to the United States for at least one year from the date of arrival. This privilege is made possible as a result of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva, 1949), and the Convention on the Regulation of American Automotive Traffic (Washington, 1943), both of which have been ratified by the United States.

An out-of-country driver's license cannot be used for identification purposes. You do not have to surrender an out-of-country license if you are issued an Indiana driver's license, permit, or identification card.

If you have an out-of-country driver's license and intend to become a resident of Indiana or meet Indiana residency requirements, you must pass the vision screening test, written knowledge test, and driving skills test to obtain an Indiana driver's license.

All documents proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status, and Indiana residency will be verified through a central verification process. The BMV will issue an interim license, valid for 30 days, authorizing the holder to drive pending authentication of documents submitted to BMV.

When your documents are verified, the BMV will mail the license, permit, or identification card to you. If the documents cannot be verified, you will receive a letter explaining the determination and your rights to request an administrative hearing to review the determination. No refunds will be issued in the case of documents that cannot be verified.

  Apparently in Indiana a foreign license is not accepted (that's kinda good because when I find my future MRS. I WILL teach her HOW to PROPERLY drive) :)

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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.

You don't need to tell your insurance company that your wife had a foreign DL or has never driven in her life. You are adding your spouse who is a resident to your policy.
Sasha, I wasn't talking about my wife or a K-1 bride, rather any woman who happens to come here, for whatever reason.


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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.

You don't need to tell your insurance company that your wife had a foreign DL or has never driven in her life. You are adding your spouse who is a resident to your policy.
Sasha, I wasn't talking about my wife or a K-1 bride, rather any woman who happens to come here, for whatever reason.

What I was insinuating applies to any person entering the country. No need to volunteer information that is not necessary is my point.

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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.

You don't need to tell your insurance company that your wife had a foreign DL or has never driven in her life. You are adding your spouse who is a resident to your policy.
Sasha, I wasn't talking about my wife or a K-1 bride, rather any woman who happens to come here, for whatever reason.

What I was insinuating applies to any person entering the country. No need to volunteer information that is not necessary is my point.
I agree with not volunteering info more than you have to. However even if your Russian driving record is perfect they will still treat you as if you have no previous driving record as far as I know, and quote you accordingly.