International Driver’s License

Should I apply for an International Drive License Before Coming to Illinois?  

You could apply for an international Driver’s license before coming to Illinois, but it is totally up to you and your specific situation. Some students find much easier and cheaper to apply for the Driver’s license when they arrive in the United States. However, having an international driver’s license will be very helpful in case you are pulled over by the police or get involved in an accident and may not be able to communicate in English effectively.  

Here are possible paths to take: 

1)    If you are planning to stay in the country for a short period of time or if you are enrolled in an Institution in Illinois, you could use a Valid Driver’s license from your home country. In this case, it is a good idea to have your home country license translated into English and have the translation certified (The International Driver’s license could be a good option in this case) 

2)   If you are planning to stay in the
country for a longer period of time (1+ years), you should apply for your Driver’s
license right away. If you wait for too long before deciding to apply for the Drive
license, you may not qualify for it at all— mainly because it is most likely
you will receive a Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s license and it is only issued
if you are staying in Illinois for the minimum of 12 month in the State.

For more information, check with the department of transportation of your country. 


·       Drive in Illinois: What Documents do I need to Drive in Illinois? 

·       Permanent vs. Temporary Visitors Driver’s License

·       How do I apply for an Illinois Driver’s License?

·       Driver’s Quick Tips !

·       Driver’s License Office Location and Hours

·       Local Transportation Options in Urbana-Champaign 

·       Driver’s license Tests and Costs


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