DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)

Driving an automobile is a huge responsibility. You will need to learn the driving laws in your State, as well as how to apply for a license, how much it will cost, etc.  It may seem like a lot of information, but the DMV for your stay (called the “Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV)” or “Department of Public Safety (DPS)” in some States) provides you with everything you need to know.

When going to the DMV, it is a good idea to go early and be prepared to wait for a while. Make sure you bring along all the required documents if you are applying for a license. If you are missing any items, your application will not be processed, and you will have to return another day. It is also advised to check all your important documents to make sure that critical information such as the spelling of your name and your date of birth are written EXACTLY THE SAME on all of your papers. If there are any inconsistencies, the DMV may refuse to issue your license.

If you decide to purchase an automobile while in the United States, please read the following information concerning auto insurance.                                                                                                 

In the United States, auto insurance covering liability for injuries and property damage done to others is compulsory in most States, though different States enforce the requirement differently. Penalties for not purchasing auto insurance vary by State, but often involve a substantial fine, license and/or registration suspension or revocation, as well as possible jail time. Usually, the minimum required by law is third party insurance to protect third parties against the financial consequences of loss, damage or injury caused by a vehicle.

Whether your State specifies you must have insurance and regardless of whether they require that you keep proof of insurance in the car, it's always advisable to have it and to have the information on hand in case you need it.