Can a US Citizen with a foreign Driver's License drive in California? If they recently moved to the USA and is currently a resident of California?

  • did you find out what happens given that it is impossible to get a DMV appointment for months?
    – Fab
    Jul 1, 2019 at 15:49

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Your citizenship is not relevant; what matters is whether you are a resident of California. Adult nonresidents temporarily in California can drive with their foreign or out-of-state driver's license (from their place of residence) without limit.

Visitors over 18 years old with a valid DL from their home state or country may drive in California without getting a California DL as long as their home state or country DL is valid.

However, residents of California can drive with a foreign or out-of-state driver's license for no more than 10 days after becoming a resident of California.

When you become a California resident and you want to drive in California, you must apply for a California DL within 10 days.

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