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Drive In Kuwait On Visit Visa With American Drivers License Category: Legal
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I am a US citizen currently visiting my parents in Kuwait. I have come here on a visit visa. I have repeatedly inquired whether I can drive on my American driver’s license in Kuwait, to which I have been told that I am legally allowed to drive on the same as long as I am on a visit visa.

However, with the new laws/rules, I would like to be sure if a valid US Driver’s License is considered as an International License? And if I am legally allowed to drive on the same. Your informed advice in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

Name withheld 


Answer: No, you can’t drive in Kuwait unless you have an International Driving License because the ordinary American Driver’s License is not considered as one. So, you have to get an international license to drive in Kuwait. Please remember that you can use that license only as long as you are on a visit visa.

Although the American Driver’s License allows you to drive in many countries (even though you still have to get an International Drivers Document, which is just a translation of your American license into 16 different languages), the same is not the case in Kuwait. So you have to get an international driver’s license.

You can only apply for your international driving permit through the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the National Automobile Club (NAC). You will need: A completed IDP application: AAA application. NAC application. Avalid driver’s license issued by your state DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles). 2 photos (must be passport-sized). The backs of the photos must show your signature. Payment for the applicable fee. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for an international driving permit. You can apply for the above by mail in most cases, and you may even be able to apply while traveling abroad. Contact the AAA or NAC in your area for more details.

Source - Arab Times

Note - All the answers were provided by Arab Times Legal Clinic.

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