Tulsa is Oklahoma's second-largest city. As a result, it has an exceedingly diverse and international population.
If you are a foreign national who plans to move to the Oil Capital of the World, you might wonder about your legal requirements when it comes to driving. Do you have to get a new driver's license? What about car insurance?
Tulsa's Car Insurance Requirements
If you plan to drive a vehicle in Oklahoma, it must have car insurance. However, Oklahoma law does not recognize foreign auto insurance as valid. Therefore, you'll have to have coverage issued in the U.S. This rule exists regardless of whether you plan to drive a rental car, buy a new car or import your own vehicle.
All states have different laws on whether they require drivers to have car insurance. Oklahoma is no exception. If you buy a policy in Oklahoma, then your coverage must contain at least:
- $25,000 Bodily Injury Liability coverage per person
- $50,000 Bodily Injury Liability coverage per accident
- $25,000 Property Damage Liability insurance
Please note, we recommend that you carry more coverage than the minimum requirements.
If you buy coverage in another state, Oklahoma will recognize it. However, if you establish residency in Tulsa, you need an Oklahoma-specific policy.
As soon as you arrive in Tulsa, contact Cheapest Auto Insurance. We can help you determine the requirements to get insurance on your vehicle.
Licensing Rules And Regulations
Moving to Tulsa means establishing residency in the state. Therefore, you must abide by the state's driver licensing laws.
If you plan to stay in Oklahoma temporarily, then you might not have to get a state driver's license. However, you will likely still need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). This is a permit that recognizes that your home country allows you to drive. Keep in mind, you likely still will have to carry your existing license in addition to the IDP.
However, you'll likely have to get an Oklahoma driver's license in most circumstances. Generally, this has to do with whether you establish full-time residency in the state. For example, if you accept a job, buy a home or plan to become a U.S. citizen, you will likely have to get an Oklahoma license. You also will have to follow a timeline to do so.
In sum, you must prove that you are a legal visitor to the U.S., or that you are a U.S. citizen, to get an Oklahoma license.