Getting a Driver's License in a New State

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If I Move to a New State, Do I Have to Change My Driver's License?

As soon as you become a resident of a new state, you must apply for a driver's license from that state. The time within which you must change your driver's license will vary from state to state. For example:

When Do I Become a Resident of My New State?

Each state has its own laws regarding when someone becomes a resident of that state and is required to apply for a state driver's license:

What if I Move to a New State but I Do Not Own a Car?

If you are a licensed driver and become a resident of a new state, you must apply for a driver license from your new state of residence even if you do not own a car.

What if I Am an Out-of-State Student?

Most states will permit an out-of-state college or university student to drive with a valid driver's license from the student's home state.

What if I Fail to Apply for a Driver License from My New State of Residence?

If you become a resident of a new state and fail to apply for a driver license within the deadlines established by each state, you will be treated as an unlicensed driver. The penalty for driving without a license varies from state to state, but many states treat the offense as a criminal misdemeanor that goes on your permanent record.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Driver's License Problem?

If you have been cited for driving with an invalid driver's license, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.

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Last Modified: 06-28-2013 02:48 PM PDT

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