Driving Privilege Reciprocity
Driving privilege reciprocity allows a person to use a valid,
unexpired foreign license to operate a motor vehicle in Texas
for up to one year or until a person becomes a Texas resident,
whichever date is sooner. Once a person becomes a new Texas resident,
they must apply for a Texas license within 90 days to continue to
drive legally. For more information, please review the
Moving to Texas page.
The state’s recognition of driving privilege reciprocity
is governed by the following international agreements coordinated
and signed by the federal government. To see a list of countries
for each agreement, click the link provided.
- 1943 Inter-American Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automotive Traffic (PDF)
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agreement and countries
- Per U.S. State Department consideration: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Yugoslavia.
General Provisions of International Agreements:
- Reciprocal privileges are limited to persons ages 18 to 75 for up to one year from the date of entry into the United States.
- Reciprocal privileges are limited to private vehicles.
- Every vehicle must have a registration certificate issued in accordance with the laws of the country of residence identifying the vehicle and owner and be displayed on the rear of the vehicle or on a plate attached to the rear.
- Every vehicle must have an oval sign or plaque displayed on the rear of the vehicle to indicate the country of origin.
- Every driver must have a valid driver permit, license, or international permit issued by an authorized authority and be translated into English.
Note: These are general provisions only. For the complete text of an agreement, click the links provided.
Only commercial driver licenses from Canada and Mexico are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as having full reciprocity for driving privileges in the state of Texas.