Can you drive with a foreign license in Florida?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Linda, of Maitland, asked, "Can I drive in the state of Florida using an out-of-country driver's license?"

"Visitors to Florida who wish to drive while here are required to have a valid driver's license issued in his or her name from their country of residence, usually accompanied with their passport," Trooper Steve said.

A driver is limited to up to one year after entering the country to drive on a foreign driver's license before getting a license issued by the state of Florida, Trooper Steve said.

"If renting a car while visiting Florida, always check with the rental car company prior to your visit to see what documentation is required," he said. 

If you have a traffic question for Trooper Steve, submit it here.

About the Authors:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.