How To Transfer Your Driver’s License When Moving to Another State
by Zutobi · Updated Mar 11, 2021
Moving to another state is a very exciting time in one’s life. For some, this move might be the first time they’re experiencing a land other than the one they grew up knowing their entire life.
There are a plethora of factors to consider when deciding to move out of state. In this guide, we’ll discuss specifically what you need to know about transferring your license from one state to another.
Does Every State Require License Transfers to Take the Road Test?
No. In fact, some states, such as Florida, will allow you to use your old driver’s license in their state indefinitely. However, many states will require you to apply for a driver’s license and take the road test before being permitted to operate a motor vehicle.
Do I Need to Take the Road Test Immediately After Changing State?
No. Most states allow at least a 30-day grace period after moving to get your documents together.
Out-of-State DMV Requirements
As you are probably aware, the Department of Motor Vehicles has strict requirements surrounding applying for and obtaining a driver’s license. The following are documents you should have with you to ensure no delays in how your driver’s license application is processed.
- Current out-of-state driver’s license
- Proof of identity (another form)
- Proof of social security
- Proof of new residency
- Payment for new driver’s license
You may be also asked to complete a vision test before taking the road exam.
What if My Current License Has Expired?
If your license is expired, you will be unable to transfer it to your new state. A simple solution to this problem would be to renew your license in the state it was issued before moving. That way, you’ll be able to take advantage of the grace period offered by most states.
What Will Be Tested on the Road Test for License Transfer?
Driver’s license tests do not deviate greatly from state to state. This means the road exam in your new state will likely be very similar to the one you took when you first gained driving privileges in your previous state. For your reference, you can almost certainly be expected to perform the following maneuvers.
- Merging on highway
- 3-point turns
- Driving at an appropriate speed
- Checking mirrors and blind spots
- Obeying traffic signals and markings
Check your state’s official DMV handbook for more information on what to expect from the road test.
What NOT to Do on the Test
Failing the driving test is the last thing you want to do, especially when your goal is to simply transfer your driver’s license. However, all states have a few automatic fail maneuvers and will force you to retake the exam if you commit any of them. Here are some of the most common ones on record:
- Driving too slowly
- Driving too fast
- Jumping the curb
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Rolling stops
What Happens After I Pass My License Transfer Test?
Once you’ve passed your state-mandated driving test, congratulations! You have officially regained your driving privileges and you’re ready to take on the road. Many states will force you to hand over your previous license before issuing you a new one in the state.
While retaking the driving exam can bring about lots of anxiety, there is no need to worry! If you’re in this situation, it’s very likely you have at least a few years of driving experience under your belt. Not to mention, you’ve already passed the test once before! If you feel like you need to rehearse the rules of the road, Zutobi is the best place to do it!
As you’ve read in this article, much of the information remains the same throughout the years, as well as from state to state. However, check with your local DMV to ensure you’re ready to go!
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