Oregon signs driver’s license pact, becomes 13th US state to do so
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
Christine Hsueh ( ), director general of MOFA’s Department of North American Affairs, speaks to media during a regular news briefing in Taipei, yesterday.