Although you are permitted to have your current international driver's license for six months upon entering the United States, you must must also obtain a Tennessee driver's license if you plan on driving in the United States during the time of your studies. State law requires a Tennessee driver's license after 30 days of living in Tennessee.
Comprehensive Driver License Manual
Department of Transportation
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