Taiwan and Minnesota, US to reach reciprocal deal on driver’s licenses

Procedures for Taiwanese people to acquire licenses from the US state will be simplified

The U.S. State of Minnesota (Source: Pixabay)

The U.S. State of Minnesota (Source: Pixabay)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan and the U.S. State of Minnesota will ink a driver’s license agreement that will see simplified procedures for citizens of the two locations for acquiring licenses from each respective government.

According to a press statement issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, on behalf of Taiwan’s transportation authorities, will sign a reciprocal agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Jan. 3.

MOFA said the agreement, which will be signed at the beginning of the year marking the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Taiwan Relations Act, highlights the close friendship between Taiwan and local governments in the United States.

The agreement will allow citizens from Taiwan, and those of the state of Minnesota who have passed a written test, to acquire a driver’s license from each respective region without taking a test on the road.

More than half of all American states have signed similar agreements with the Taiwan government and approximately 15,000 citizens from Taiwan and the United States have benefited from the reciprocal measure, said MOFA.