• Dan Frankel

If you have a foreign driver's license, read this.

Updated: May 25

Driving in the United States can be challenging. Certain states, like Massachusetts, have reputations for unique driving environments. The real challenges may start before you get behind the wheel, however: In the opinion of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the possession of an International Driving Permit or International Driver’s License does not automatically convey the legal right to drive in Massachusetts. There are a number of details, but three general rules must be observed. One, operators must be licensed in their own country; two, driver’s licenses are only recognized from specific countries; and three, drivers with foreign licenses have one year from their most recent legal entry to the U.S. to get their Massachusetts license.


The possession of an International Driving Permit or International Driver’s License does not automatically convey the legal right to drive in the U.S.


Here are some of the typical questions (and answers) relevant to foreign drivers and international college students:

What is an international Driving Permit (IDP)?

Who issues International Driving Permits?

Does an International Driving Permit confer driving privileges in Massachusetts?

Is a foreign licensed driver required to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) when driving in Massachusetts?

Does Massachusetts honor valid foreign driver licenses from every country?


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