Foreign Drivers License Protects Families
by Bill Rounds
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address is one of the most sensitive pieces of information you
have. You don't want uninvited
visitors bothering you and your family at home. Even though
lots of businesses want to get a hold of your home address for marketing
purposes, there are a lot of ways to prevent revealing your home
address without paying that extra $1 for your Cheerios. Using a
P.O. box or other ghost
address will usually cut it when you need to share your home
address without disclosing where you and your family actually hang
One of the
only times that you can't use a ghost address is with a drivers
license. A drivers license is an absolute necessity for most people
and you can't get one unless you reveal the place where you and
your family lay your heads at night. Usually. There is one way to
drive legally in the US without having to give away your most sensitive
information. Use a foreign drivers license.
Home Address Is Not Safe
say, "not just anyone can go look up DMV records." "What is the
harm," you proclaim, "from sharing your home address with the government?"
geniuses you had to deal with the last time you were at the DMV?
They are the ones protecting the vast amounts of information in
their databases. A little bit of social engineering and, voila:
data is easily compromised.
bigger the stash of data, the bigger the target for identity
thieves and hackers. DMV databases are ripe targets because they
house so much important data. Yet the public is essentially forced
to store their data in DMV databases and take that risk.
Licenses Are Legal
You can drive
in any state with a valid drivers license from any other state.
You can also drive with a valid
drivers license from any other country. (Check Out California
Vehicle Code Section 12502 (a)(1)). International drivers license
certificates are not required and are really only suggested if your
drivers license is from an obscure country. The other great thing
about foreign drivers licenses is that you don't have to reveal
any information to the US government to get it. You might be able
to find another country that requires less information, or stores
less of it in vast electronic databases.
Get A Foreign
will have its own laws, but generally if you have permanent residence
you can get a drivers license.
To Get A Local Drivers License
Here is where
using a foreign drivers license can be tricky, but it is still doable.
states make you get a license after residing there for just a few
days or weeks. This doesn't apply if you are NOT a resident
of the state. If you are a temporary visitor to a state and have
your permanent residence somewhere else (like another country) you
will not have to get a local license, thereby allowing you to drive
without complying with dangerous rules. (Check out California
Vehicle Code Section 12505(c)).
multiple residences in multiple states have dealt with this issue
often. Even though they may spend a few months out of the year at
their winter home in Phoenix, a few weeks at their cabin in Montana,
and the rest of the year at their permanent home in Lake Tahoe,
NV, they do not need to get more than one drivers license. They
get it in the place that is their permanent home. It is actually
illegal to have more than one drivers license at a time. Using a
foreign license is a similar concept on an international scale.
Residency Where You Want It
You are generally
considered a resident of the place where you call home, the place
where you intend to return. To demonstrate this very subjective
standard, you can look at other factors to provide evidence of your
permanent residence. Things like your voting
registration, where your permanent home is, and several other factors
could demonstrate adequate residency. (Check out California
Vehicle Code Section 12505(a)).
almost always a resident of the place where they have a job. Either
make sure you can work remotely, commute to the place where you
work, or avoid being a regular employee. Also, avoid paying in-state
tuition if you are a student, or if your kids are students.
There are dozens
of other facts that could be used to show where your permanent residence
The more factors that fall in the place where you wish to be
a permanent resident, the better. The State
Income Tax Optimization Guide has a comprehensive strategy for
controlling where those factors appear and where they do not.
Time Is Not
think that the amount of time you spend somewhere is critical. I
often hear the phrase 6 months and 1 day. This may be true in some
places, but for the most part it is just a guideline and is not
determinative. It can be helpful (or hurtful) but it isn't everything.
Just because you happen to spend more than 6 months in a particular
place does not mean that you are a permanent resident there. If
other factors line up heavily in favor of some other location as
your permanent residence, the other factors will probably control.
Most of these
rules are based on the rules of California. Most other places are
not as strict. So if you have a valid foreign drivers license and
avoid having to get a drivers license in the state where you happen
to be driving, you can protect a very important
piece of information… where your family actually lives. So go
ahead and protect
your family from the useless
and dangerous requirement of disclosing your home
address in order to drive by getting a foreign drivers license.
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Rounds, J.D. is a California attorney. He holds a degree in Accounting
from the University of Utah and a law degree from California
Western School of Law. He practices civil litigation, domestic
and foreign business entity formation and transactions, criminal
defense and privacy law. He is a strong advocate of personal and
financial freedom and civil liberties.
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