If your au pair had a valid license from his or her own country when s/he arrived, did you require him or her to get a US driver’s license before driving your cars?
States laws, insurance policies and host parent preferences vary a LOT on this particular topic. Sometimes there isn’t even a clear answer about what is actually “required”. For example, in our town the police officers get upset if you don’t have a US license and have even ticketed a au pair or two, even though state lae says that using an international driver’s license is legal. What to do?
Says Host Mom JJ:
- Our LCC says that au pairs must get a US driver’s license before driving.
However it seems like most other host families I know of do not do that, and I’m wondering if I’m being unnecessarily strict.
- Our insurance has a short grace period but then requires getting a US driver’s license.
- Our state law (California) says that residents must obtain a license after 10 days, but that visitors can drive indefinitely using their home license. It doesn’t, however, define “resident” or “visitor.”
Personally I feel more comfortable knowing that the au pair has taken the time to learn local laws and driving customs before she drives our cars. (We don’t strictly need our au pair to drive, although it would be very nice for her and for us if she did.) So far I’ve been conservative and maintained that if she wants to drive, she’ll need to get a local license.
What do other parents do?
Other thoughts? Please share them in the comments!