W. Vir­ginia signs driver’s li­cense-swap­ping ac­cord

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wanese cit­i­zens can now ex­change their Tai­wanese driver’s li­cense for lo­cal li­censes in more parts of the United States af­ter West Vir­ginia re­cently ap­proved the pro­gram, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said Fri­day.

West Vir­ginia be­came the 11th state in late July to al­low Tai­wanese cit­i­zens with le­gal res­i­dence in the U.S. to get a U.S. driver’s li­cense sim­ply by pre­sent­ing their Tai­wanese li­cense and other doc­u­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (MOTC), the other 10 states are Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Mary­land, Mis­sis­sippi, Ok­la­homa, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

While the con­di­tions in each state for get­ting a lo­cal driver’s li­cense vary, many of the re­quire­ments are sim­i­lar.

The state of Mary­land, for ex­am­ple, re­quires ap­pli­cants to be 18 years of age and le­gal U.S. res­i­dents, and have a trans­lated Tai­wanese driver’s li­cense and a valid R.O.C. pass­port with avail­able immigration records.

Idaho has the same con­di­tions but also re­quires that ap­pli­cants take a writ­ten test.

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) said Fri­day that it will try to en­cour­age other U.S. states to sign agree­ments on li­cense ex­emp­tions.

The ul­ti­mate goal of the agree­ments, the min­istry said, is to make the lives of Tai­wanese cit­i­zens liv­ing abroad more con­ve­nient.

Tai­wan cur­rently has sim­i­lar deals in place with other coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries around the world.

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