pengyou wrote:This is the opposite question that is usually asked. I am wondering, if I get a motorcycle license in Taiwan - both written and road test - can I use it to ride a motorcycle in California? I will be going home this summer and it would sure be nice to be able to putz around on a bike instead of going to the hassle of renting a car.
Short answer is "no."
International Driving Permits
The State of California does not recognize an International Driving Permit (IDP) as a valid driver license. California does recognize a valid driver license that is issued by a foreign jurisdiction (country, state, territory) of which the license holder is a resident.
The IDP is only a translation of information contained on a person’s foreign driver license and is not required to operate a motor vehicle in California. Citations issued to a person in California who has an IDP, but does not have a California driver license will be placed on the Department of Motor Vehicle database.
The IDP is also called an International Driver License, International License, etc.
For more information about travel and driver licensing requirements outside of the US, visit the US State Department Road Safety Overseas website at: http://travel.state.gov/road_safety.html
pb wrote:That's not true for California (see CA DMV website below). California recognizes license issued at the place of your residence. On a business trip to San Jose my Taiwanese colleagues rented cars using their TW licenses without any problems. (Budget). I was curious about that and looked up the DMV page.
finley wrote:I've rented cars in the US (California and New York State) with only a UK driving license (no IDL). I can't see why a Taiwan license should be any different - nobody knows or cares that it's not worth the paper it's printed on.
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