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Yes you can.
Here are additional important details directly from the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles website:
A valid driver license from another country is also valid in NYS. You do not need to apply for a NYS driver license unless you become a resident of NYS.
According to NYS law, a resident of another country can get a NYS driver license. The DMV does not recommend this because:
International Driving Permit: An International Driving Permit is not a driver license. The permit only verifies that you hold a valid driver license in your home country. Your foreign driver license, not the International Driving Permit, allows you to drive in NYS. Contact the authorities in your home country to get an International Driving Permit. If you are not a resident of the US, you cannot apply for an International Driving Permit in the US.
You are not required to have an International Driving Permit to drive in NYS, but the permit has value. The permit verifies, in several languages, that you have a valid foreign driver license. A police officer who cannot read the language on your foreign driver license can read the permit.
Definition of a Resident…According to this law, students from other states or from other nations who attend school in NYS are normally not considered residents of NYS. Source: http://www.dmv.ny.gov/resident.htm
Yes, but it can be complicated and expensive. We recommend against buying from an individual.
We strongly recommend you buy only from a major car dealership. They are easier to work with if the car is defective. It is very difficult to hold a private seller responsible for repairs.
Here are some tools through which to search for cars both new and used sold by dealerships:
(By listing these, RIT is not recommending any particular websites or dealerships.)
It is costly to own a car in the US, so be sure you understand the big picture, including insurance costs.
We strongly recommend you get quotes from a few of the a major car insurance companies
Also, please review this site on Automobile Insurance - Top Ten Questions and note that while New York has some minimum insurance levels, the DMV recommends you “consider increasing the amounts of your liability coverages, depending on your needs and the assets you would like to protect.” An insurance agent from any of the major insurance companies can also guide you about proper insurance coverage.
There are two dates on your NYS license. The bottom one is when your license expires. The top one is when your I-20 or DS-2019 “expires”. If you have updated your I-20 or DS-2019 with a new end date, or you have obtained a post-graduation employment document (OPT card), then you should go back to the DMV so they can adjust your “immigration expiration” date on your license.
If you get stopped for a traffic violation, a police officer might issue a ticket for driving past the “immigration expiration” date. However, if you can prove in court that your immigration status did not actually expire, you may be able to contest the ticket.
We strongly recommend that you always carry your passport and I-20 (or DS-2019) when driving so you can always prove to a police officer that you have valid immigration status. This can prevent the police from calling US Border Patrol to come check your status during a routine traffic stop.
You don’t need one. People just get these so they can purchase alcohol without a driver’s license. You can use your passport or driver’s license as proof of age when purchasing alcohol.
If you really want one, follow all the steps on the DMV website, starting with the same identification/documentation requirements for a driver’s license.
Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Ability Impaired (by alcohol or drugs) is extremely dangerous and is considered a very serious crime across the US. We encourage you to never drive after having anything to drink. A taxi is always cheaper than the consequences of an accident or an arrest. More information.