I've recently moved to California as a postdoctoral researcher. I'm here with the J-1 visa (exchange visitor program) which expires after one year.
I'm planning to rent a car to visit California. So I'm wondering whether I need to get a California driver license or I can use the one issued by my home country.
From what I understood (see this related question), any foreign person can drive in California with his/her foreign driver license unless he/she is a resident of California. My problem is that I do not know if I am or not considered a resident of California.
Since I will stay in California for (at most) one year, I would say that this constitutes enough evidence to prove that I am not a resident. However, I would love to hear any experience/comment/suggestion from those of you that have been in a similar situation.
Thank you so much for your help.