Driving in America

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    Feb 27, 2014 1:27 PM GMT
    Hey everyone,


    I'm going to the US soon and I'm going to rent a car with a friend and they ask if one of us is a "resident of the US".
    Let's say I do have the US passport but my drivers license is from France, am I still considered a resident?
    I'm gonna ask the embassy but I'm just waiting for them to open so meanwhile...

    Thxx
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    Feb 27, 2014 4:03 PM GMT
    Generally u have to be 25 or older to rent a car in the US....

    they may rent you one at 21, but there will be additional charges and insurance u will be required to get because of your age.

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    Feb 27, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    You said you have an U.S passport ,so that makes you an U.S citizen !
    As mentioned on that thread , some of the rental car companies will charge you extra if you are under 25 , and will sell you mandatory liability insurance at an extra cost .
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    Feb 28, 2014 12:13 AM GMT
    Just don't be these guys:

    http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/confused-japanese-tourists-led-utah-police-high-speed-213140398--sector.html
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    Feb 28, 2014 12:30 AM GMT
    Davidolce saidHey everyone,


    I'm going to the US soon and I'm going to rent a car with a friend and they ask if one of us is a "resident of the US".
    Let's say I do have the US passport but my drivers license is from France, am I still considered a resident?
    I'm gonna ask the embassy but I'm just waiting for them to open so meanwhile...

    Thxx


    Phone the car companies you might rent from, and ask what their requirements are. It is highly doubtful they will consider you a US resident with a French driver's license. Almost all are perfectly happy to rent to foreigners, though.

    You don't want to have problems renting the car when you get to the rental counter.

    You could get a US state driver's license from whatever state you want to be in, but that process would probably take too long for renting a car. Most states mail you a license several weeks after you apply, and only give out a paper temporary license. I don't think any US car rental company would rent a car to someone who has only a paper temporary license. So your best bet is tho use the drivers license you already have.