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Taiwan, Pennsylvania ink reciprocal driver's licenses accord

Taiwan, Pennsylvania ink reciprocal driver's licenses accord

New York, Oct. 27 (CNA) Pennsylvania signed a reciprocal driver's license agreement with Taiwan on Tuesday, becoming the 15th U.S. state to do so. Under the agreement that took immediate effect, citizens of each side may obtain a local license on the other side by submitting a non-commercial driver's license, without having to take a written or road test. Taiwanese with legal residence in Pennsylvania may apply for a local driver's license by showing their Taiwan driver's license and other documents such as a sight test certificate, and paying the required fee. Meanwhile, holders of a valid driver's licenses issued by the Pennsylvania State government may obtain a driver's license in Taiwan, once they have a Taiwan residence permit that is effective for at least one year. The reciprocal agreement was signed by Taiwan's representative to New York Paul Chang (???) and Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards in Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. Chang touted the reciprocal agreement as a convenient arrangement that will make life easier for Taiwanese businesspeople, students and academics in Pennsylvania and help boost bilateral ties in the areas of trade, economics, culture and education. Taiwan is Pennsylvania's sixth largest export market in Asia. In 2005, the Pennsylvania State government opened an office in Taiwan to handle trade and economic exchanges between the two sides. Since then, bilateral ties have been growing, according to Chang. The other 14 U.S. states that have reciprocal driver's license agreements with Taiwan are Maryland, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Oregon, Arizona, and Alabama, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (By Timothy Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 16:12 GMT+08:00