My Vietnamese driving license expired, and they won't renew it because my US license has also expired. The clerk at the Motor Vehicle department said I have to go back to America and renew my license. I can't do that because to get a driving license in a US state, you have to prove residency in that state, and my only residence is here in Viet Nam.
Does anyone know of another way I can get a license? This is really important, as my health insurance won't cover me for an accident if I drive without a license.
It is Vietnam. There are always "ways" to do things like this. It is mostly about finding the right agent who has the right contact in the right office.
An American friend was in this same situation last year. Both licenses expired simultaneously. There was no way to renew the U.S. license remotely, and it wasn't practical to return and get a new one there.
He was introduced to an agent who works near the license office on Cao Bá Quát, and it worked out great. I'll see if I can get that info and message it to you.
Barring that, the only other option he was given was to take the tests in Vietnamese.
Mr Mojo: you are only half-correct in your statement about residency requirement to renew a US driving license. In most of the sunny South you simply give 'em your old one, get your pic done, give 'em the bucks, and snag your license. After all, why would anyone want to falsely claim residency in Alabama or Mississippi, or even South Carolina? You're obviously from one of those "progressive" states like California or Florida or most of Yankeeland.