Speaking for you, but not driving

Last night I got to speak at Austin City Hall as the representative for the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Planning team at the City's Planning Commission, on the subject of Vertical Mixed Use, something that could effect the lives, homes and property values of thousands of people.

This morning, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety refused to even let me take the drivers test, let alone pass it. Apparently because I've been home to see my Mum and now my my I94 entry card is only valid until July 2008 rather than the original full year, and I'm here on an L1 visa, doesn't qualify me to apply. Period.

I am not all clear where this leaves me. It's so frustrating I could cry, really.
When I bought a car in Florida in 2001 they allowed me to drive on my foreign license for six months - with insurance. I used a local insurance broker.
Ahh yes, but things have changed seriously since 9/11. I'm a middle aged white guy, already paid more than $20,000 in taxes applying for permanent residence and trying to do things legally, obviously this makes me undesirable.

Yes, same here but the rates are outrageous, they want $500 per month for foreign drivers. At this rate I'm going to be forced to join the grey economy, can't vote, no drivers license, no insurance, might as well stop paying taxes and become an illegal, I assume I'd get treated better and be more desirable.
So true.

Except that I received security clearance to work in an airport in 2003... even though I was on the same student visa as the 9/11 hijackers. Irony abounds.

Honestly, between the wacky taxation (worldwide income, forever) and the general pain in the tail to get there it seems as if the USA is trying to avoid becoming a domicile of choice for skilled people.
don't worry
you can always get an international drivers license right?
Re: don't worry
Ahh you mean an International Driving Permit. All this is a backup to your normal license, it is valid for 1-year, and it doesn't make ANY difference from an insurance perspective. Since I've been here a year...

Still the good news is I went to the DPS on South Lamar, they also declined to let me apply, but a nice officer(I have her name and number) shared my frustration but suggested the same as you, get another IDP. When I said tat didn't help me get insurance, and I'd be a fool to drive without insurance, she said I'd have to decide on that, as if it was somehow optional...

I've dumped it back in the companies hands, I don't expect much... So I'm going to try writing to the head of the DPS, can't hurt...
I can't believe your car insurance woes!
I thought DPS only cared if you live here and could prove it with a utility bill to get a TxDL. I will be testing this theory very soon when I take my 23 year old daughter to get her license (her twin has had a license since 2000).

I've read about the VMU subject a few months back. I'm glad you got to go speak. Maybe I should have watched the city council channel..

Sorry to hear about the whole acquiring a car and (more important) legally driving it here. I think I'm one of the first to ask if you'd be getting a car, I hope I didn't jinx you!! I don't understand about all that silly legal paperwork and requirements. What a bunch of BS.

I'm sure you won't be crashing into anyone. What can it hurt to drive without insurance for a while? apparently lots of people do it, otherwise, why do I pay for "uninsured motorist"? now the license, that I completely do not understand........

I apologize for Texas bureaucracy everywhere, even though I only worked for 2.5 years at the Health Dept, after which I was so bored I couldn't wait to get a real job in a high tech firm.
Re: I can't believe your car insurance woes!
Maybe your daughter looks and sounds American so won't have any problems. But you should review this list
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/identificationrequirements.htm

and be prepared.

As for me driving, I simply can't accept that I should do anything illegal, and of course no one ever thinks they'll crash. I've dumped it back in the companys lap, and am in the process of writing to the Director of the DPS to ask for his help, after all I could waste 3-days, fly to Canada, exchange my GB license there, fly back and exchange the Canadian license here, can't be right? AK also doesn't have any residency requirements so I could go there.

But then it only appears that TX has the I94 1-year requirement... why?