In the case of foreigners taking up residence in the United States, it is essential to obtaining the American driver's license. The content of the tests vary from city to city, but in any case, the first step to take is to go to the local DMV (DMV). There, it is possible to get the current Handbook (guide transit state), and schedule the date for the written test. When addressing this department, it is important to take the following documents:
> Official authorization document of the stay (I-20, DS etc.)
> Social Security (if you have)
> Driver's license from the country of origin (if you have)
> Weight and height already converted into U.S. measures (Pounds, weight, and Feet and Inches to height)
> Any additional document identifying the country of origin (marriage certificate, preferably, it can be used for both spouses, birth certificate etc.).
If the last document is required, it will be possible to obtain the list of the official translators, so one of them must be chosen to do the translation of it.
For the Written Test, I suggest to access the site Driving-Tests.org. The simulations offered give a good idea of what to expect from the test.
For the Road Test, the videos below are useful:
TIPS FOR THE ROAD TEST IN PLYMOUTH, MN
1) Proof of insurance
2) Seat adjustment
4) Emergency (parking) brake
5) Headlights (high and low beam)
6) Hazard warning lights (four-way flashers)
8) Windshield wipers
9) Windshield defroster and fan controls
Prior to your departure, you will be parked in front of the one way road, there are slot 1, 2, 3 and 4. You will be told at the registration window which you will be parking. Park carefully so that your eventual departure you will have a good start to move and join the road.
Your car will be parked right in front of the one way road. It will only turn to the right, from there onwards Their just follow instructions. After a while you will turn left or right Either. if you turn right just go right into the corner closest to the curb. If They tell you to turn left, then do not make the same mistake made some funny guy (he was driving in front of me) lol, by turning to left closest to the curb. remember once you see the yellow lines it's a two way road. There will be signs or markings on! once you see yellow lines treat it as a two way road.
Lane change - Make sure you look left, right and your back - just do lots of exaggerated observations and I mean exaggerated. It's not usual driving, remember you are doing for them! do not forget to use your signals.
Parallel parking - The usual stuff, go through with your instructor - remember the first cut is the deepest. do not try to over adjust. They Consider That your car is parked when in between, not too close to front or back poles and keep close to the curb.
90 parking - They will ask to move all the way until the front of the car is inline with the poles.
Up hill parking - close to the curb and turn your wheels away from the curb, and make sure you put the gear to parking at the point-ie P - position and pull your emergency brakes, though do not forget to push back your emergency brakes before you move. Signal and then move on, while looking to the sides, and SMOG (Signal, Mirror, Over the shoulder and Go).
Turnings - Do not turn your wheel to left or right when making turns unless you are committed. You are committed acording to them once you look all around you, left, right and back and then turn the wheel to the corner you are going into.
Generally be calm. It is not allowed to drive and practice in that area, but it's a good idea to have a walk in the place and see driving around. It's not a big place, but knowing the roads and checking in advance on foot is really a good idea. It will be possible to know where to turn and when.