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I have confidently driven in three States in the US with my EU licenses. However, like in the EU there are these little quirky differences for which it is impossible to know it all. The only solution is to drive defensive.

I would love to be able to do a drivers test to see how much I actually know about traffic regulations and a result obtain a drivers license. It would not only prove that with a EU drivers license it is safe to drive in the US, it was also be an awesome souvenir.

Can I do such a test as a tourist?

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Theoretically, you probably can, but I believe you need to provide a proof of address when booking the tests - this needs to be from an official source, e.g. a letter from a bank, utility bill, credit card statement, etc. - if you have a US-based address, then, yes, you should be able to do it. Note though that the tests are per state, with each of them having different theory and practical elements; and you may need to book it quite some time in advance. –  Aleks G Jul 7 at 9:03
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From everything I've heard, compared to the EU, you'll probably find a US driving test to be a trivial joke. And you'll almost certainly spend most of a day tediously waiting in lines. –  Nate Eldredge Jul 7 at 18:12
    
Consider that in the US the de facto ID card is the driver's license. People who can't drive can (and do) still get a "driver's license" because it's needed in many situation as identification. (Of course this license doesn't actually allow them to drive.) The de facto primary function of the "driver's license" is an ID. To get a driver's license you probably need to satisfy requirements that would be typical elsewhere for getting a local ID---such as being a resident. –  Szabolcs Jul 11 at 19:40

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It will depend on your travel purpose and the state where you will be getting the license. The USA.gov site recommends checking the DMV site of the state you will be requesting a license from (http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Foreign-Visitors-Driving.shtml). Usually you need proof of residence and/or identity. For example, New York state requires you to prove your date of birth and name (see http://dmv.ny.gov/forms/id44.pdf).

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I don't know if you can take the test but US states only issue driving licenses to residents so you can't get the actual license without proof of residence which, as a tourist, you don't have.

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