If you need to translate your driver license to submit it to any department of transportation or Department of Motor Vehicles in any of the 51 states, please make sure to comply with their requirements, as each state has different requirements regarding the translation of a foreign license. Some states do not require the foreign license to be translated into English. The states that are marked with * are those that have approved Day Translations:
Alabama Motor Vehicle Division: You do not need to translate your license. Only a valid original or certified copy of the license by issuing agency is needed, along with social security number for residents or proof of authorized presence for non-residents.
* Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles: Any primary or secondary document that is in a language other than English must be translated into English and must be accompanied by a Certificate of Accuracy of Translation by the person translating the document(s).
* Arizona Motor Vehicle Services: Foreign drivers need to go through the entire driver’s license process again, written test, road test etc. Foreign license must be translated into English - no certification needed.
Arkansas DMV: Non-citizens will apply for their new Arkansas driver's license the same way as citizens, making sure to give documents that prove legal presence in the U.S. Arkansas might allow you to drive with your valid foreign driver's license for a certain period before you must apply for an Arkansas driver's license.
*California DMV: The DMV will only accept original documents or certified copies from the issuing agency. All documents must be in English or be presented with a verifiable exact English translation. Your legal name and date of birth on documents presented to the DMV must match Social Security Administration records. Translation of documents that are in a language other than English and without English subheadings, submitted in support of an application or petition, must include complete translation into English. The translation must be typed on a separate page on the letterhead of an accredited translation agency. CA does not accept International Driver Permits or IDP as a valid driver license
*Colorado DMV: Original licenses by issuing agency need to be accompanied by a translation with a certificate of accuracy signed by the translator of an accredited translation agency.
*Connecticut DMV: Provide valid/unexpired, original documents, or certified copies. Out-of-state learner permits are not transferable. Two (2) forms of the same identification will not be accepted. If any document presented is in a language other than English, it must be translated by a DMV-Approved Translator.
Delaware DMV original license by issuing agency or certified copy is all that is needed.
*Florida DMV: Original docs or certified copies by issuing agency in order to apply for license; translation must be notarized in the state of Florida by the translator.
Georgia DMV: Documents Must be Original or Copies Certified by Issuing Agency, no translation of license needed
Hawaii DMV: Documents Must be Original or Copies Certified by Issuing Agency, no translation of license needed. Documents presented for proof must be valid originals or certified copies.
*Idaho DMV: Documents Must be Original or Copies Certified by Issuing Agency, including legal presence documents, several forms of ID and residency (no translation of license needed) No reciprocity for driver's licenses from other countries except for S. Korea, Taiwan, and Germany. For these three countries, driver's license would need to be translated with a regular certified translation.
*Illinois DMV: It is advisable to have your home country license translated into English and have the translation certified if the license is not written in English with a certificate of accuracy issued by an accredited translation agency
*Indiana DMV: translation. Your legal name and date of birth on documents presented to the DMV must match Social Security Administration records. Translation of documents that are in a language other than English and without English subheadings, submitted in support of an application or petition, must include complete translation into English. The translation must be typed on a separate page on the letterhead of an accredited translation agency. ***The translation must include a signed statement from the translator indicating that the translation is complete and accurate, must attest to his or her competence as a translator, and must state that the document has not been translated for a family member, friend, or business associate. ***
Iowa DMV: Documents Must be Original or Copies Certified by Issuing Agency, no translation of license needed
Kansas DMV: Documents Must be Original or Copies Certified by Issuing Agency, no translation of license needed
Kentucky DMV: All non-U.S. citizens may drive in the U.S. on their valid foreign license and International Permit for up to one year from the date of admission into the U.S. provided their home country is part of the Foreign License Reciprocity. Drivers from non-Foreign License Reciprocity Countries must obtain a Kentucky license within 30 days of establishing residency in Kentucky. All non-U.S. citizens applying for a first time Kentucky permit/license are required to take the written, vision, and road tests.
Louisiana DMV: The license shall be completed by translator approved by state's DMV, information given in the DMV’s office. The license is only issued to residents.
Maine DMV: Original docs or certified copies by issuing agency in order to apply for license, no translation is needed.
*Maryland DMV: If you have a foreign-issued driver’s license and it is not in English, you need to get a translation. You can also contact your country’s Embassy for translation services at http://bit.ly/embassy-in-usa. If the language is not in the lists of approved translators or interpreters, then the license needs to be translated by the Embassy.
Massachusetts DMV: If you present a document that is not written or printed in the English language, it must be accompanied by a translation that is certified by a bilingual teacher at an accredited Massachusetts college, university, or private language school, by a bilingual notary public, or by the local consulate for the document's country of origin.
*Michigan DMV: If your license is not in English, it needs to be translated, either with an “International Driving Permit” or a certified translation. If your foreign license is in English or has English on the back, you don’t need a translation at all.
*Minnesota DMV: The license shall be completed by translator approved by state's DMV.
*Mississippi DMV: Officially-translated documents are to be provided by the applicant, and may have a cost associated with them. Translations may be procured through any state-approved translation service.
*Missouri DMV: The license needs to be translated by an ATA certified translator.
Montana DMV: In order to issue a Montana driver license or ID card to a foreign national, their authorized presence in the U.S. will be verified using the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system.
*Nebraska DMV: Translated by Nebraska DMV approved translator
*Nevada DMV: The license must be translated by approved translator with certificate of accuracy
*New Hampshire DMV: Certified translation by accredited translation agency, must have certificate of accuracy
*New Jersey DMV: Should be completed by a translator approved by state's DMV- Day Translations is approved for French and Spanish licenses.
*New Mexico DMV: Translation must be done by accredited translation agency, in the translation agency’s letterhead
New York DMV: The translation must be certified by a consulate, the US Department of State, or another official agency. The translation must include: your name, date of birth, the expiration date of your foreign driver license and a list of the types of vehicles that your foreign driver license allows you to drive.
North Carolina DMV: No translation is needed. Required to be resident or have legal presence in the US.
*North Dakota DMV: Certified translation by accredited translation agency, must have certificate of accuracy
Ohio DMV: No translation needed. Non residents can use foreign license for up to 1 year, permanent residents must go through the entire licensing process
Oklahoma DMV: No translation needed. Non- residents can use foreign license for up to 1-year, permanent residents must go through the entire licensing process
*Oregon DMV: Need to translate by an accredited translation company: Certificate of Accuracy by translator, the translation must be on official letter head, with official seal and copy of the original
*Pennsylvania DMV: The translation should be done in translation company letterhead with translator signature, by an ATA certified translator. Form 4030 must be filled in by translator: link to form is http://scdmvonline.com/-/media/Forms/4030.ashx?la=en&hash=4B4DAA9EB328CA06DF2FF41D10713BDB0E56A5DB
Rhode Island DMV: Documents Must be Original or Copies Certified by Issuing Agency, no translation of license needed.
*South Carolina DMV: Applicants applying for a driver’s license must also submit a valid driver’s license from their country of origin as proof of driving experience. A professional translator must also translate a driver's license unless an International Driving Permit accompanies the license.
*South Dakota DMV: The translation should be done in translation company letterhead
Tennessee DMV: No translation needed. Only original license by issuing agency and proof of residence plus citizenship status or authorized stay is needed.
*Texas DMV: Foreign licenses not in English or Spanish will need to have a translation service or their consulate translate the information on the driver license prior to arriving. This translation requirement also applies for marriage licenses. Certificate of accuracy of translation needed.
*Utah DMV: Non-English documents must be accompanied by a certified translation of the document. The translated document must be translated by one of the division’s approved translators. The original and the translation are considered one document for identification purposes.
Vermont DMV: Applicants applying for a driver’s license must also submit a valid driver’s license from their country of origin and proof of residence and citizenship. If non-resident, an International Driving Permit should accompany the license.
Virginia DMV: Unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired U.S. visa and unexpired I-94 or entry stamp. Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (I-766) AND USCIS form I-797 displaying applicant’s name. (depending on the nature and purpose of the form, the797 may not be accepted) Unexpired Permanent Resident Card. All documents need to be originals.
Washington DMV: All documents presented must be originals, along with proof of residence. The DMV translates any documents in foreign languages.
*Washington DC DMV: License needs to be translated by an accredited translation agency, translator must sign the certificate of accuracy and translation must be in translation agency letterhead. Only hard copies accepted, no print outs.
*West Virginia DMV:Present your social security card, passport, visa, I-94 and your original birth certificate or a certified copy translated into English with a certificate of accuracy signed by the translator.
*Wisconsin DMV: Foreign driver licenses are valid for up to one year. Visitors are advised to obtain an International Driving Permit in their native country prior to arrival in the U.S., as authorized by the 1943/1949 or 1968 conventions, or attach an English translation to their national driving license. The International Driving Permit is translated into the nine official languages of the United Nations, including English, and serves as a translation to be used in conjunction with the visitor's valid driver license. It can be useful in emergencies, such as traffic violations or auto accidents, particularly when a foreign language is involved.
Wyoming Dept. Of Transportation: No need for translation of license. Proof of social security is needed even for non-residents.