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Old 01-13-2010, 08:06 PM
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Hi. I'm currently a student at a university in Texas. I just started last semester. I'm trying to settle in Texas with getting a car and driver's license for a while now. I am very confuse about my situation.

I lived in Ohio before coming to Texas. During the winter break I came back to Ohio and took the driving test to get my license here. Since I have a permanent address here, and my parent helped me with the test, there wasn't a problem getting the license. Now I am not sure if I need to change my license to Texas one or not. Since I've been in Texas for a semester, it's already passed 30 days limit.

my question is
- Am I required to change to Texas license? I read from somewhere that you don't have to if you are a full time student who came from another state.
- If I am required to change to Texas license, would it be a problem that it's over 30 days limit since I started school already? I read some posts from here, seems like many people did that without a problem. Will they check how long you've been here?

And last one, I also bought a car in Texas with Texas plate and registration (which I am a co-owner with my parent) a while ago. I thought I would need the car to take the driving test there at the time, but that didn't work out well. (I know that was kinda stupid If I'd known all the steps I would have waited until I get my license to buy a car). Will this be a problem if I keep my Ohio license??

Thank you so much everyone for helping.
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:17 AM
Location: Austin
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If you do not have a permanent Texas residence, you do not need a Texas license. I will assume that means you're living in a dorm. If you are living in an apartment, that would be considered a permanent residence and you would need to obtain a license.

The 30 day rule is only a rule if you get pulled over. You can go to the DPS and get a license whenever you want.

As for the car, I'm not sure about. Typically, to pay the taxes, you need to be residing in that state... like you can't go to Oregon where there is no tax, and buy a car without showing you live there and are entitled to not paying taxes.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:48 PM
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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I think you need to register the car in Ohio. The car doesn't need to be in Ohio. Your parents are the registered owners and they can take the Texas title to Ohio and have it registered in Ohio and get Ohio plates. Then you can have the car whereever you are going to school. it sounds like Ohio is your permannet address.
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:46 AM
Location: Texas
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Why not call the DPS license office and ask them about your license? They won't come and get you.

And, call your county tax accessor about the car.

Don't you think it would be better to get an answer from those who know, than to get opinions here?
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