I have a driver license issued in my country (Egypt), can I use it in California? I'm staying with a J-1 visa. My name is written in English but the expiration date is in Arabic numerals.
This California DMV page says:
Adults Visiting California
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.
You are probably better off getting a California license:
Tourists may drive rental cars in California for one year as long as they have a valid driver’s license from their home country. See theDepartment of Motor Vehicles (link is external) for complete details.