Taipei, Taiwan has reached a reciprocal driver's license agreement with the American state of Louisiana, making it the 27th U.S. state to reach such a deal with Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.
The agreement, which took effect immediately, allows licensed drivers from Taiwan and Louisiana to apply to obtain a license in each other's territory without having to take road or written tests, a MOFA statement said.
The initiative is expected to mean greater convenience for Taiwanese citizens working, studying and living in Louisiana and vice versa, the statement said.
The announcement was made Sunday by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards when he attended a Taiwan business forum held in Houston, Texas.
President Tsai Ing-wen (???) who made a stopover in the U.S. city on her way back to Taiwan following state visits to Paraguay and Belize, also participated the forum, according to MOFA.
Taiwan has been pushing to sign such deals with American states since 2013. As of December 2017, more than 11,000 Taiwanese citizens have taken advantage of driver's license recognition pacts Taiwan has signed with American states.
To date, Taiwan has signed mutual driver's license recognition and exchange deals with a total of 105 countries and territories, according to MOFA numbers.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel