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How To Transfer an Out-of-State Driver's License After You Move

When moving to a new state, drivers may be required to take a written driving test in order to obtain a new license, regardless of age or years of driving experience. Although there are many details vying for your attention when you move across the country, getting your driver's license transferred to your new state should be at the top of your to-do list. This is because most states limit the amount of time given to new residents for getting an up-to-date license. Some states require residents to obtain a new driver's license within 30 days of their move, and other states allow up to 90 days.

What to Do First

Once you've discovered how much time your new state of residence allows to get your updated driver's license, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the laws of the road. Although basic automobile operation and safety remain mostly the same throughout all 50 states, certain laws change when you cross the state line. Get a copy of your new state's driving handbook from the local DMV and review it to familiarize yourself with the regulations of your new home. Laws that tend to vary from state to state include those concerning window tinting, emissions, seat belts, child safety and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Studying for the Written Exam

Once you've learned about the requirements of your new state, you'll want to study for your written exam. After reviewing the state driving handbook, be sure you know the information by taking a DMV practice test. Then, you should be ready to update your license. Remember, basic safety and good driving skills are practically universal. Once you've reviewed the few differences between your former home and your new state of residence, you'll be ready to pass your written exam with flying colors.