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What Must I Do To Drive In The Us?

I'm in the US - to buy cars for sale in Lagos - about 6times a year and each time I stay 7 - 10days.

I drive around with my NDL, thankfully, I've never been pulled over. Now the real challeng is that when I try to buy cars from dealers, they ask for insurance, ALWAYS. Now insurance people tell me I need a social security number and or US licence to get insurance.

Is there any way around this?

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Jenju, sent you an email, please check and reply. Thanks!!!

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Where in the US are you? Send me an email if you are located in the eastcoast tikola70@hotmail.com

Try these options:

(1) Buy the car with a co-buyer who can insure the car. If your name is also on the title as a co-buyer, you can ship the car.

(2) Tell the dealer that you are going to tow the car from their shop and will not need to drive it, hence you will not need licensing or insurance. You tow the car directly to the port from the dealership. Towing should not cost too much depending on how far you are from the port.

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I drive around with my Nigerian Driver' License and International Driving Permit.

The real challenge is that when I try to buy cars from dealers, they ask for insurance in order to provide temp tags, ALWAYS. The insurance people tell me I need a social security number and or US licence to get insurance.

I have neither.

I need to be able to drive these vehicle from the dealerships either to the ports or to a central place from where a transporter can move them to the ports.

Can anyone recommend an insurance company/ broker that can package a suitable policy?

I know it'll be expensive but it can be more expensive than using a tranporter for each vehicle for each trip.

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why cant you get International Driver Licence?

This is valid for most countries.

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I don't know if the tax id thing can work. From what I've seen online, it seems to be for people - yes non-resident - who are not eligible for SSN buy who are making money in the US to qualify to pay tax.

If you see it diffently, pls let me know.

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Thank you,

I'll explore d options and see where it leads.

Sina.

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You could get a Tax Identification Number which is an equivalent of a SSN, which is only given to non- US Residents.

This number has the same digits as a regular SSN and with it you could apply for a State Issued Driver's License.

Kindly note that since 9/11/01 some states are more stringent on who get a Driver's License.

Good Luck

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