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Florida Driver's Licenses Now Tradable for South Korean Driver's Licenses

If you've ever wondered how to finally get your own face and name on a South Korea driver's license, the process has finally been streamlined.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that an agreement signed between Florida and South Korea allows most people with a Florida driver's license to go to South Korea and pick up a new license, no questions asked.

"A Floridian who is age 18 or older, possesses a driver license, and lives in South Korea can now exchange his/her driver license for a South Korean noncommercial driver license without taking the written or skills tests," the agency says. "The same goes for a South Korean living in Florida who meets the same criteria."

President Obama recently signed a new free-trade agreement with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia that now allows us to do cool stuff like get your very own made-in-Korea driver's license, and a South Korean official says the agreement will bring more people from the country to Florida.

"The agreement streamlines the exchange process for valid South Korean license holders residing in Florida while valid Florida license holders residing in the Republic of Korea enjoy the same benefit," says He Beom Kim, a representative from the country's police agency. "The agreement is another symbol of our strong relationship with the State of Florida and will encourage South Korean visitors to come to Florida."

A state transportation official called the need for South Koreans to take a test for the driver's license in Florida "redundant," just as it would be to force Floridians to take the test in South Korea.

Now, Floridians get to skip that silly South Korean driver's exam, which took one woman 950 attempts to pass.

If you're a South Korean looking to swap for that fresh new Florida license, click here for the requirements.

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