In the USA, in almost every case, possessing two driver’s licenses from different states (e.g., California and Georgia) is illegal.

I’m wondering about a related situation - is it legal to have two driver’s licenses if one is from another country? In particular, I have a New York license and a New Zealand license, and I’m wondering if I need to destroy the New Zealand one. I maintain residences in both places and travel often (about 10 times per year).

These are ordinary, non-commercial driver’s licenses.

  • It's possible to "maintain a residence" somewhere without being a resident there for the purpose of driver licensing. In which place do you spend more time?
    – phoog
    Feb 25, 2020 at 0:33
  • I sure hope so or I've been doing it wrong for the last 25 years. I have too passports, it's hard to see how 2 licenses are a problem. Actually 3, I have an international one as well.
    – Hilmar
    Feb 25, 2020 at 0:51
  • @phoog why does it matter in which place I spend more time? Feb 25, 2020 at 1:29
  • Normally you are required to convert the DL from your former main place of residence when moving to a new main residence. Goal is, if the one DL is revoked, you will not have an alternative DL to use. Problems arise when you don't get a local DL (which is not the case here). Are NY licenses reconised in NZ? Otherwise I don't think any harm will be caused when asking them about it as long as you have (and use) the local one. Feb 25, 2020 at 1:41
  • It probably doesn't matter for answering the question about whether you're allowed to have both licenses, but it should have a bearing on which license you would keep if you had to give one up.
    – phoog
    Feb 25, 2020 at 2:58


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