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Teens with a driver’s license from their home state might wonder if they can use it to drive in a new state. The rules about this can vary depending on the state you’re visiting.

Reciprocity agreements

Some states have agreements, known as reciprocity agreements, that allow drivers from other states to use their valid licenses for a certain period. This is particularly common for temporary visits, like vacations or short trips.

Residency and time limits

However, if you’re moving to a new state or planning to stay for an extended period, you might need to get a driver’s license from that state. Each state has its rules about how long you can drive with an out-of-state license before switching to a local one.


It’s best to check with the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or equivalent authority to know the rules in the state you’re visiting or moving to. They can provide you with accurate information about whether your out-of-state license is valid and for how long.

Remember, while some states might allow teens to use their existing license temporarily, switching to a local license ensures you’re following the rules and regulations of your new location.