KYLE PERSAUD — BARTLESVILLE, OKLAHOMA LAWYER

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Motor Vehicle Law — Oklahoma

 
I’m living in Oklahoma temporarily. Do I need an Oklahoma driver’s license?
If an emergency vehicle has its lights and siren on, and the emergency vehicle hits me, can I sue?

I’m living in Oklahoma temporarily. Do I need an Oklahoma driver’s license?
No. If you are a “nonresident” of Oklahoma, and are over 16, and have a driver’s license in another state, you do not need an Oklahoma driver’s license.

To be a “resident” of a state, you must 1) have your true, fixed and permanent home and principal establishment in the state, and 2) intend to remain in the state for an indefinite period of time. So, if you are living in Oklahoma temporarily (for example, for college, military service, or a temporary work assignment) you are not a “resident” of Oklahoma, because you do not intend to remain in Oklahoma. Since you are not a resident of Oklahoma, you do not need an Oklahoma driver’s license.

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If an emergency vehicle has its lights and siren on, and the emergency vehicle hits me, can I sue?
Possibly. Even if an emergency vehicle has its lights on, the driver still has to have due regard for the safety of all persons. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has held that if the driver of an emergency vehicle drives with “reckless disregard for the safety of others,” the driver may be sued.
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