With its large distances and countless road connections, the United States is a very car-friendly country. People depend on driving for most of their movements from one town to another. Cities are structured so that driving is the best (and sometimes only) option to reach destinations in a timely and convenient fashion. As a foreign-educated healthcare professional, the process you need to go through to obtain a U.S. driver’s license might seem daunting. However, it is more streamlined than you might think.
Pre-Deployment to the United States
Prior to leaving for the U.S., you are required to provide proof of an international driver’s license or a driver’s license from your home country. MedPro International will guide you on how to download the free State of Florida (FL) mobile app. Which will prepare you to pass your FL Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV and rules and road sign test.
During your MedProU orientation, we will arrange for you to work with a local driving school to guide you through the entire process of obtaining a Florida drivers’ license. First, you will receive a one-hour driving evaluation, followed by recommendations on the number of driving lessons needed to help you pass your Drivers’ License exam and ensure you are a safe driver. After you have finished your lessons, the driving school will certify all original documents for your DMV visit.
Get your documents ready
The DMV is an institution focused on issuing licenses and registering vehicles in multiple states, including Florida. To apply to the DMV, you must have certain documents ready.
- Proof of Identification – document featuring your name, a picture, and your birthdate (For example, your passport).
- Proof of Social Security Number – your original security card or your W-2 showing your social security number.
- Two proofs of Residential Address – such as a home utility bill, cable bill, home telephone bill, etc.
- Proof of Name Change – if you have ever changed your name through marriage, divorce, or court order.
Testing for your driver’s license
You will need to pass a knowledge exam (written test), and driving skills test. The written portion tests a driver’s knowledge and includes questions on the rules and regulations of driving, driving laws, and road signs. If you fail a test, you are required to wait one day between attempts.
Getting the license
Once you successfully pass your official driving exams the DMV will issue your official driver’s license. Once you deploy to your new home state and find housing, you will need to convert your Florida driver’s license to a home state license.
Different states, different rules
In the United States, the same rules do not apply to every single state. Most states will have their regulations and procedures when it comes to applying for a driver’s license. For this reason, it’s crucial to apply for a driver’s license in the state where you’re planning on relocating. Thankfully, the government’s website provides an easy and immediate solution to look for state-specific information and other details. Visit the website from this link: https://www.usa.gov/motor-vehicle-services
While it may seem daunting, your team at MedPro University is here to help you every step of the way!
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