Do You Really Need a Driver’s License?
Answer: As an international driver visiting the USA, you should possess both your home country’s full driving license as well as, depending on which countries you plan on visiting, an International Driving Permit (IDP).
However, if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the US it may be more challenging for you to obtain a drivers license in New York.
Many unauthorized immigrants opt to drive without a license in order to fulfill daily needs such as driving to work, picking up groceries and taking children to school.
State laws that impose licensing restrictions based on federal immigration status impede access to licenses for over 11 million unauthorized immigrants, limiting their ability to meet daily needs as well as impacting communities – especially given our automobile-dependent culture where many of these individuals live, work and socialize together with family and friends.