Question: Is a Canadian driver’s license valid in the U.S.?

Answer: A current Canadian driver’s license is accepted in the United States. You may drive with your Canadian license within the borders of the U.S. for a period of six months due to reciprocal agreements that the U.S. and Canada have with each other regarding driver’s licenses.

If you plan to stay in the United States for longer than six months, check with the state where you plan to stay to ensure your license will be valid for your trip.

According to Progressive, “If you’re on vacation, you don’t need to take any extra steps — your Canadian license and insurance will cover you during your time in the U.S.”

But if you become a resident instead of a visitor to the United States, then the state where you reside will normally require you to exchange your Canadian license for a state license.

“When relocating from Canada to the United States, you’ll need to register your car with the DMV in the state where you’ll be living. Once you’ve done that, you can purchase car insurance in the U.S. and start the process of transferring your Canadian license to an American driver’s license,” Progressive notes.


Progressive. “Car insurance for non-U.S. citizens.” Accessed January 2023.