Licenses Issued by Foreign Jurisdictions
1949 Road Traffic Convention & 1943 Inter-American Automotive Traffic Convention
Licenses Issued by Foreign Jurisdictions
|A foreign visitor from one of the countries or territories listed herein may legally drive on the roads of the State of Vermont on his or her own country’s license (limited to a licensed driver who is at least 18 years old, legally present in the US and limited to a vehicle of the type covered by the license) for up to one year from the date of arrival. The visitor may operate his or her own private passenger vehicle if displaying valid license plates from the visitor’s country (and meeting insurance standards set by the state of Vermont if operated over 30 days) for up to one year from the date of arrival.|
|Except for those registered in Mexico or Canada, vehicles being operated in Vermont that are registered in any of the countries listed below must also exhibit the International Distinguishing Sign[i] on the outside rear of the vehicle. The sign is a white oval that is obtained from the country of registration and contains one to three black letters identifying the country.||
|A licensed driver from one of the countries listed herein, in addition to his or her valid home country license, must carry a valid International Driving Permit[ii]. Permits are available, for a fee, from certain automobile associations but can only be issued in the country the applicant is coming from. An International Driving Permit does not confer any driving privileges but is a translation into ten major languages of the relevant information contained on the driver’s home country license.|
|CAUTION: Vermont does not recognize as valid any document purporting to be an “International Driver License” or any other document that confers driving privileges unless issued by the government agency that issues such licenses in the driver's country of residence and the driver is validly licensed.|
Central African Repub.
Congo, Democratic Rep.
Côte D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
France (including French Overseas Territories)
Germany (by reciprocity)
Georgia (Rep. of) Ghana
Hong Kong (but not mainland China)
Ivory Coast (See Côte D’Ivoire)
Korea, Republic of (South)
Macao (but not mainland China)
Netherlands (also applies to Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba)
Papua New Guinea
Portugal (applies to all Portuguese territories)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Spain (applies to African localities and provinces)
Sri Lanka Surinam Swaziland Sweden
Switzerland (by reciprocity)
Syrian Arab Republic
Taiwan (Republic of China)
Tanzania Thailand Togo
Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia
(Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR, no longer exists. See individual republics)
From “A List of Treaties in Force and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2010, Section 2: Multilateral Treaties” (Published by the Treaty Affairs Staff, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC).
The countries or territories listed are either direct parties to one or both of the cited Conventions or the U.S. State Department considers them bound as beneficiaries by the signature of a former government.
NOTE: Until further notice, licenses from the following former republics of the USSR and countries of the Baltics should be honored:
*= Party to 1943 Int.-Am. Conv., at Washington, DC
*+= Party to 1943 Conv. and Party to 1949 Conv. at Geneva
[i] In accordance with the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic (article 45 (4)) and the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic; ARTICLE 37 Distinguishing sign of the State of registration. (a) Every motor vehicle in international traffic shall display at the rear, in addition to its registration number, the distinguishing sign of the State in which it is registered. (b) This sign may either be placed separately from the registration plate or be incorporated into the registration plate.
[ii] An International Driver Permit (IDP) is essentially an English translation of a foreign language driver's license issued by a foreign country. These permits can only be obtained in the country that issued the actual license. Students and Visitors to Vermont: An IDP is not considered a valid license. It must accompany the valid foreign license. Vermont permits a student or visitor to operate a motor vehicle in Vermont for a period of up to one year with his or her foreign license. If the license is in a language other than English, the license must be accompanied by an IDP, which serves as an English translation of the foreign license.