W. Virginia signs driver’s license-swapping accord
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.