If you have an international license you can drive in the United States for a brief period of time. However, you will not be able to purchase, register or insure a vehicle. For some more long-term ideas on how to drive in the U.S., see below.
Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! International students are fully eligible to use Zipcars!
Siena College has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you’re done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.
As a member you get:
Access to Zipcars 24/7.
Discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff and students age 18 and older.
Rates start at just $7.50/hour or $69/day.
Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!
Join for only $25 a year, and receive $35 in driving credit your first month.
Learn more and get started at zipcar.com/siena!
Applying for a NYS license
To apply for a NYS license, you must have more than one year left on your I-20. If this requirement is met, follow these steps:
Take all of your paperwork – the I-20, F visa, passport and I-94 card – to the Department of Motor Vehicles located at 224 South Pearl Street in Albany. The phone number is 1-800-225-5368.
After filing the forms, you will be given a paper test of traffic signals and driving skills.
Once the paper test is passed, you may schedule a driving test. If passed, you will receive your license for a fee.
For more detailed information, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Register, Inspection, Insurance Costs
Once you receive a NYS license, you are eligible to purchase, register and insure your own vehicle. You cannot own and operate a car that is not registered and insured. Registering your vehicle costs about $40 per year; annual inspections, which can be performed at any auto repair shop, cost about $15-20; and insurance can cost about $1,000 per year for someone in your age group.