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Old 09-11-2012, 02:00 PM
 
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I will work in Louisiana for a couple of years. I hold a Belgian driver's license. Can I directly change it to a Louisiana driver's license? The website of DMV mentions there are reciprocity agreements with other countries, but does not identify which. If it is not possible, can I drive in Louisiana with my International driver's license (issued by Belgian government, valid for 3 years) for these two years? Will this be a problem when I buy car insurance in Louisiana? Thanks in advance for your answers and suggestions.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I don't believe you will have many problems, if any. We accepted International licenses at a rental company I worked at so it should be the same throughout the country, regardless of state laws.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
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There is no such thing as an "international driver's license".
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I've seen them personally.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Read this article:

Ads for International Drivers' Licenses or Permits Could Be a Dead End

Like I said, there is no such thing as an international driver's license. They are used by illegal immigrants, and are sold as scams. There is such a thing as an international driver's permit, which you can use in foreign countries (it translates your driver's license into 10 languages), but you cannot use it in the United States.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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I will work in Louisiana for a couple of years. I hold a Belgian driver's license. Can I directly change it to a Louisiana driver's license? The website of DMV mentions there are reciprocity agreements with other countries, but does not identify which. If it is not possible, can I drive in Louisiana with my International driver's license (issued by Belgian government, valid for 3 years) for these two years? Will this be a problem when I buy car insurance in Louisiana? Thanks in advance for your answers and suggestions.
Let's return to the OP's original question. Thanks.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Denver
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It sure is good enough for U-Haul. You should call the DMV personally.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:31 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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The so called 'international driver's license' is a 'translation' (if in a foreign language) to English and is intended for visitors. Since the OP will be living in LA for an extended period (>60 days?) the state requires a local license. It's the same as if you moved from one state to another. The OP should contact their local DMV (department of motor vehicles) and they may accept the foreign license on face value -OR- they may require a driving test (written on the rules of the road and/or actual driving demonstation). There are some minor differences in the rules of the road between Belgium and the US and they should be aware of them (eg priority a droit). Hope this helps!
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