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Old 07-24-2013, 11:58 PM   #15
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Looks like your best option is to fly into either Mexico or Canada
, Sneak into the US and claim you have been here illegally for a few years. Only problem I can see is getting back home again.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:07 AM   #16
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It appears to me that the SSN is the key. Wonder if the "not to be used for employment" stamp is still a valid consideration?
But, we'll find out in December........
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:52 AM   #17
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Supposing you do get your US DL, what about insurance? Can you get ordinary passenger vehicle and RV insurance the same as everyone else? I have to wonder if you were to get in a serious accident, could there be some technicality in the driver's licence and insurance requirements that could get you in trouble?

But then,do you really need a driver's licence? What about insurance for your tow vehicle or RV?

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But to get a vehicle or RV licence plate, I assume you need a valid driver's licence?

If you registered yourself in New Hampshire, could you travel anywhere in the US without insurance? Heaven forbid you did cause a serious accident, you could just hop on the next plane never to return?
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #18
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Supposing you do get your US DL, what about insurance? Can you get ordinary passenger vehicle and RV insurance the same as everyone else? I have to wonder if you were to get in a serious accident, could there be some technicality in the driver's licence and insurance requirements that could get you in trouble?
Hi Gil & Deb & Dougal

We already have full insurance, and this is based on us having International drivers licenses. Right up til the point where we had been loyal customers with no claims for 5 years, we only paid a relatively small extra premium for this privilledge. Then they decided that we should pay a 100% increase for "our offence", and for that reason we are trying to find a way to have our insurance premium lowered.

We do have an insurance agent, who sits with Lazy Days in Florida, and who is supposed to look after us. Could you ask Dougal if he wants that job - I think he might be better at it than the agent we have at the moment
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A Brit friend of mine obtained a an Arizona DL last year. They spend 5-6 months/year in the USA and are based in Arizona when here. AZ says those living or working in the state more than 30 days must get an AZ driver license, so they must have a mechanism to issue them.
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Interesting Gary !

Do you happen to know if they had to surrender their British license, or if they obtained an additional licence?

If I have to surrender my Danish license, I would be in trouble when going back, because in Denmark they will not just "swap" a US license for Danish one, and this would mean a new test for me (which is horribly expensive in Denmark).

Life could be so simple, but someone somewhere have decided that life has got to be complicated
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Henrik, watch out for those "our offense" situations. Do you care to expound. Inquisitive minds want to know what "bad" you did.
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Its been a while since I was on a temp visa (as a student), but my situation was the same as Bruce's. I got a social security card stamped "not valid for employment" and got my drivers licence with that and a local address. I did *not* have to surrender my foriegn (UK) drivers licence. I do think getting a SSN is a key first step.
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I lived overseas in Japan and Australia so my situation was the reverse. Both times I had to surrender my current license or claim I did not have one and process thru the probationary or learners process which would have taken a long time and expensive. I was on Active Duty with the US Navy so the legal stuff wasn't a problem.

Getting a US (state since the Feds don't issue them, yet) isn't going to be a simple process. You will have to prove -
1. Who you are.
2. Are you over here legally.
3. Where do you live.
4. And the Social Security Card.

Considering what you will be doing is about the same as someone living and traveling in a coach full time post your question on Escapees RV Club and see what they have to say partially concerning item #3 on my list.
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