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Is a Canadian drivers license valid in the US?


Yes, a full Canadian license that is current is valid in the United States. You may drive with your Canadian license within the borders of the U.S. due to reciprocal agreements that the U.S. and Canada have with each other in regards to driver's licenses.

If you plan on staying in the United States for a lengthy period of time, you should check with the state in which you plan to stay to make sure your license will be valid for the entirety of your trip. If you become a resident instead of a visitor to the United States then the state in which you reside will normally require you to exchange your Canadian license for a state license.

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4 Responses to "Is a Canadian drivers license valid in the US?"
  1. Milan Vital

    You can drive on the G license in the US. But looking at various videos on youtube, it seems it's better to get a local state license. Believe me, that if you have passed a G in Ontario, the driving test in US will be peanuts for you.In reference to bringing your car back to Canada. I don't think it's a good idea. You will be slapped with heavy import duty at the Canadian borders. Then you have to get a safety certificate for Canada. There will be other registration charges too. So check whether it is worth it for you.Hope the above helps.

  2. cheryl

    my son is 21, has an Ontario drivers license full G class. He will be living in Indiana for 8 months. Does he need to get new plates for Indiana? does he need to have an Indiana drivers licence? If the Cdn insurance company won't cover him past a short period, how do we know what insurance he will need in Indiana to be fully covered. thanks for any info.

  3. Leon

    I am a Canadian who is looking to stay in Indiana for at least 5 or so months. I am not here as a citizen but I do own a OPT Visa allowing me to work for a year. Would I require an American license in order to get a car just for convenience?

  4. Raymond

    I am a Canadian, and would like to purchase a car in Virginia for use during the winter months. My plan is to bring it home to Ontario for the summer months. Can I buy insurance in Florida that will cover both places?

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