According to the law in the USA, tourists can drive as long as they have a driver's licence - in Brazil known as CNH, the Carteira Nacional de Habilitação. However, each North American state has autonomy in making decisions.
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You will be able to access:
- At how old can you drive in the USA?
- What documents are required to drive in the USA?
- What is the age of majority in the United States?
- Can I drive in the USA with a Brazilian driver's license?
- What is the minimum age to rent a car in the USA?
- Can I rent a car without a credit card?
- Can I cross the US-Canada border by rental car?
- Can I rent a car in one city and return it in another?
At how old can you drive in the USA?
It is possible to drive in the United States of America from the age of 16 . In the case of Brazilian tourists, the country accepts the Brazilian driving licence, as long as the tourist is over 21 years old.
What documents are required to drive in the USA?
If you want to issue your Drive License (DL) in the United States, you need to know which agency is responsible for the traffic in the state you will apply for.
For that, you will need to bring to that agency your passport with a valid visa, as well as two proofs of address in the USA and the Social Security Number or SSN card - and if you don't have one, you will need a document that justifies the absence.
You should go prepared, because on the same day you will have to answer questions and a referral to the ophthalmologist. Only after the theory test, eyesight test and practical test can you receive your provisional licence.
What is the age of majority in the United States?
In the United States, you can get your driver's license at the age of 16, but this does not mean that at the age of 16 you are already of legal age. Only when you turn 21 years old you will be considered adults in the United States, and only when you reach 21 years old you can, for example, drink alcoholic beverages and go to parties and pubs.
Can I drive in the USA with a Brazilian driver's license?
It is possible to drive with the Brazilian CNH in the USA, but for this, the national driver's license must be valid and can be used for the period of stay given by immigration, which is usually 180 days.
What is the minimum age to rent a car in the USA?
The minimum age to rent a car in the United States is 25 years old, however, there are car rental companies that allow rentals with a minimum of 21 years old for an additional fee of approximately $35 USD per day.
Can I rent a car without a credit card?
No, you cannot rent a car without a credit card as it is a form of payment guarantee. Still, at the time of making the payment, and once the car has been returned, payment can be made in cash.
Three interesting trivia:
Since you can never have too much information, Happy Tours highlights three interesting tips to take into account when planning your trip. If you are already thinking of visiting more than one city in the USA, or even spending a few days in a neighbouring country, we have prepared these curiosities for you: read them and pay attention so that no doubts remain on the subject.
1. Can I cross the border from the US to Canada by rental car?
If you will be near the border, and are already in the mood to enjoy and visit the neighboring country, be aware that all cars rented in the US and/or Canada are allowed to cross the border between the two countries without any restrictions. However, at the time of pick up you must notify them that you plan to drive to Canada.
2. Can I rent a car in one city and return it in another?
Yes you can, but for this, there may be aone-way return fee that cost will already be included in the total to be paid when you confirm your booking. This is not only valid for the United States, but also for countries in Europe and Canada.
Did you like the idea and want to get to know more than one city in the USA? Then, check out 5 cities in the United States to visit by car.
3. Can I be fined in the USA?
Yes, you can be fined when driving in the United States and it is much more common than you think because the police in this country are very active on the roads and highways. Therefore, it is important to be very careful when driving. If you are fined, the police will always tell you the reason and the price to pay. Fines cannot be paid on the spot, you will always receive a copy of the fine with instructions for payment through the website, post or in person.
With all this information you already know what you need to drive on your trip to the United States, but we also believe that you can never have too many tips to prepare your trip safely and conveniently.
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