Taipei, The mutual recognition of driver’s licenses issued by Taiwan and the American state of Vermont took effect Tuesday, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced the same day.
The arrangement is based on an agreement signed by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Boston, on behalf of Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications, with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on June 3, MOFA said.
Under the agreement, licensed drivers from both sides can apply for a driver’s license in each other’s territory without having to take a written test or road test, MOFA said.
The arrangement will provide greater convenience for Taiwanese nationals who work, study, or reside in Vermont, MOFA said.
According to MOFA, Taiwan is the first foreign government to enter into a driver’s license reciprocity agreement with Vermont. On the other hand, Vermont is the 34th state in the United States to enter into such an agreement with Taiwan.
More than 16,000 drivers in Taiwan and in the U.S. have benefited from the practice of reciprocity, MOFA said.
Meanwhile, according to a press release from Vermont DMV, the arrangement applies to all holders of Taiwan class B, C, D or E driver’s licenses residing in Vermont.
The deal also applies to holders of Vermont operator licenses and commercial driver’s licenses who have a valid Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) that is valid for at least six months, the Vermont DMV said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel