Do I need a U.S. license to get car insurance?

I have an driver's license from my home country. Am I able to drive and get car insurance in the U.S.? Do I have to get a U.S. license?

Answer
“If you have a driver’s license from your home country, you may be able to get car insurance. However, this depends on the car insurance carrier and where you live. Some states do not recognize international or foreign driver’s licenses. Without a proper license, you’re at risk for tickets, fines, or even jail time.
If you’re unsure about your state’s regulations for foreign driver’s licenses, you should reach out to your local DMV. They’ll be able to provide you with the most accurate information. Many states have relaxed rules regarding driver’s licenses for immigrants and international students. However, you may want to get an International Driver’s Permit from your home country to streamline the process.
If you are able to move forward with your current license or obtain a U.S. license, use the Jerry app to compare rates and find the best coverage for your needs.”
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Jul 30, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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