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Sigemup

License when moving to a new state

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Hi Guys,

If you have a license from one state, and you move to a new state, in general, you have approx 3 months to get the license from the new state.

However, if you plan NOT to drive in the new state and hence plan NOT to get license in the new state, do you need to give the license from your previous state to the department in your new state after 3 months ? Or do you have the option to simply keep the license from prev state in a bag and not use it and not get any new license from the new state that you have moved to ? 

Thank you

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There's no obligation to hand in your licence.  

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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It would benefit you to get the new licence, even if you don’t intend to drive. The driving licence is a very convenient form of ID as it contains your photo and your address. 

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We’ve recently done it - had NSW licenses & swapped them to QLD. We asked could we keep the old licence & they said no. We had to surrender it. I reckon all states would be the same.

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