One of the little but vital items to get right is to get a US driving license. Even though, as a tourist you can stay up to 90 days, if you have a US car with a US address once you are over 30 days it is compulsory to have a US license.
There is a driving license office in every little town but unless you do the right thing which is:
- Make an appointment (which no one tells you that you can do), then you should go in early and queue up like everybody else.
What you need to bring is:
- your passport,
- proof of address,
- proof of vehicle ownership,
- proof of insurance
• And the “car tag”. (that’s another story)
They will photograph you, give you a temporary form and in about 2 weeks a US license in credit card style will arrive at your address.
This is much more valuable than people realize. Florida residents, which your US license proves, gives you an unquestioned 15% discount on all of the attractions and many of the restaurants and accommodations that Florida offers.
Therefore, instead of it being a last minute item make it a first minute item.
Get the US license. It is worth the hassle.