Ore­gon signs driver’s li­cense pact, be­comes 13th US state to do so

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Tai­wan’s on­go­ing ef­fort to sign mu­tual driver’s li­cense recog­ni­tion agree­ments with North Amer­ica has been fruit­ful, re­sult­ing in 13 deals with U.S. states and six with Cana­dian prov­inces so far, a Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MOFA) of­fi­cial said yesterday.

Speak­ing dur­ing a reg­u­lar news brief­ing, Chris­tine Hsueh ( ), di­rec­tor gen­eral of MOFA’s Depart­ment of North Amer­i­can Af­fairs, said Tai­wan has re­cently signed a driver’s li­cense rec­i­proc­ity agree­ment with Ore­gon that al­lows the cit­i­zens of the two sides to ex­change their driver’s li­cense for a lo­cal li­cense with­out hav­ing to take a road test.

The sign­ing of the agree­ment, which goes into ef­fect Oct. 2, is aimed at mak­ing the lives of Tai­wanese cit­i­zens liv­ing in Ore­gon more con­ve­nient and vice versa.

Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, Tai­wanese cit­i­zens with le­gal res­i­dence in Ore­gon are al­lowed to get a lo­cal driver’s li­cense by tak­ing a writ­ten test and pre­sent­ing their Tai­wanese li­cense and re­lated doc­u­ments.

Like­wise, Ore­gon cit­i­zens with more than one year’s le­gal per­mis­sion to re­side in Tai­wan can en­joy re­cip­ro­cal treat­ment, she noted.

The latest agree­ment makes Or- egon the 13th U.S. state to sign such a deal with Tai­wan, Hsueh noted.

Tai­wan has so far signed such deals with Mary­land, Idaho, Florida, Arkansas, Ok­la­homa, Texas, Delaware, Washington, Mis­sis­sippi, South Carolina, West Vir­ginia and Ari­zona, she said.

Ore­gon and Idaho will re­quire Tai­wanese na­tion­als to take a writ­ten test, but Tai­wanese na­tion­als will be able to ap­ply for a lo­cal driver’s li­cense with­out un­der­go­ing road and writ­ten tests in the other 11 U.S. states, the MOFA said.

Mean­while, Tai­wan has signed sim­i­lar agree­ments with six Cana­dian prov­inces, namely Que­bec, Man­i­toba, New Brunswick, Prince Ed­ward Is­land, Al­berta and Bri­tish Columbia.

“So far more than 4,000 Tai­wanese na­tion­als have taken ad­van­tage of these agree­ments,” she said.

The MOFA of­fi­cial said the min­istry is work­ing to sign more such pacts with other U.S. states and prov­inces in Canada to fa­cil­i­tate Tai­wanese travel in North Amer­ica, Hsieh noted.

For more de­tails on how to ap­ply for driver’s li­censes in North Amer­ica, check the fol­low­ing Chi­ne­se­lan­guage MOFA web­page at http:// www. mofa. gov. tw/ NewsNodept. aspx?n=385B24BE186E90CF&sms =FF40572369107C6E

Joseph Yeh, The China Post

Chris­tine Hsueh ( ), di­rec­tor gen­eral of MOFA’s Depart­ment of North Amer­i­can Af­fairs, speaks to media dur­ing a reg­u­lar news brief­ing in Taipei, yesterday.

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