With a closer look, the below distinctly does not violate right of man’s travel.


Driving Privilege Reciprocity:

Driving privilege reciprocity allows a person to use a valid, unexpired foreign license to operate a motor vehicle* in Texas for up to one year or until a person becomes a Texas resident*, whichever date is sooner. Once a person becomes a new Texas resident, they must apply for a Texas license within 90 days to continue to drive legally. For more information, please review the Moving to Texas page.

 Noncommercial* licenses: The state’s recognition of driving privilege reciprocity is governed by the following international agreements coordinated and signed by the federal government. To see a list of countries for each agreement, click the link provided. provided.

•            1943 Inter-American Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automotive Traffic (PDF)

•            North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agreement and countries

•            Per U.S. State Department consideration: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Yugoslavia. General Provisions of International Agreements:

•            Reciprocal privileges are limited to persons ages 18 to 75 for up to one year from the date of entry into the United States.

•            Reciprocal privileges are limited to private vehicles.

•            Every vehicle must have a registration certificate issued in accordance with the laws of the country of residence identifying the vehicle and owner and be displayed on the rear of the vehicle or on a plate attached to the rear.

•            Every vehicle must have an oval sign or plaque displayed on the rear of the vehicle to indicate the country of origin.

•            Every driver must have a valid driver permit, license, or international permit issued by an authorized authority and be translated into English.

Note: These are general provisions only. For the complete text of an agreement, click the links provided.

Commercial licenses:

Only commercial driver licenses from Canada and Mexico are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as having full reciprocity for driving privileges* in the state of Texas*.

Comments by Paul J Hansen 2/2023:

*motor vehicle – is commercial use, for profit use, in state of Texas. (Right of travel is independent.)

*Noncommercial,  *privilege – the key is privilege, such is not synonymous with right of man for travel.

*’state of Texas’ – is a term, a federal zone/land, in Texas.  (a state within a state)

P.S. I was told, by a lawyer, that only 42 of the 50 states agree to enforce each others DMV laws, out of the respective state.

The example given me was a man from California had a car in Texas with a plate 15 years expired, he got picked up at times, and always challenged if ‘State of Texas’ has a Reciprocity Agreement with ‘State of California’ to enforce State of California motor vehicle codes, the cases were always dismissed.