Taiwan and Arizona sign reciprocal driver's license accord

08/31/2015 11:31 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) Taiwan and the U.S. State of Arizona have recently signed a reciprocal driver's license agreement which allows the citizens of the two sides to exchange their non-commercial driver's license for a local license without taking a written or road test, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday. On behalf of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles signed the accord with the Department of Transportation of Arizona on Aug. 28, the MOFA said. The signing of the agreement, which went into effect immediately, is aimed at making the lives of Taiwanese citizens living in Arizona more convenient, the MOFA noted. Arizona became the 12th state of the U.S. to allow Taiwanese citizens with legal residence to get a local driver's license simply by presenting their Taiwanese license and other documents. The other 11 states are Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. The MOFA said that it will try to encourage other U.S. states to sign agreements with Taiwan on driver license exemptions. (By Wang Cheng-chung and Romulo Huang) enditem/cs

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