What About Driving? Can My Au Pair Drive?

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One of the most attractive benefits of the Au Pair program is the flexibility you get when you host an international child care provider in your home for a cultural child care experience. But don’t stop there!

One of the most common questions or concerns is driving. It is very helpful to have your Au Pair be able to pick up the kids from school and drive them to/from after-school or sporting events. But is it legal for your Au Pair to drive in the U.S.? The answer is a bit more complicated than yes or no, and you may get different answers depending on who you are asking!

Summer Blackhurst shares her experience and that of many host families she’s interviewed in her most recent blog:  Details About an International Driver’s License

In Rhode Island, the driver must hold their valid home-country license, as well as the International Driver’s Permit, if the home-country license is not printed in English. The driving privilege is only good for 12 months from the date of entry into the country, which some states, like Massachusetts, require you to provide some proof of that date of entry, such as a copy of your I-94 paperwork, showing that date.  My best advice is get your state-issued driver’s license to avoid most license issues as soon as possible within the first month or so of your placement.

I have written about this topic in the past, with more details for your individual research. See that blog at https://goaupairprovidence.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/lets-clarify-u-s-license-requirements/

As always, feel free to message me or comment below for more details or information about becoming a Host Family. My name is Joan Lowell, LAR (Local Area Rep) in the Providence area; please contact me at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401-309-1925 with your questions about hosting an Au Pair to meet your childcare needs.

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