(Rewrite: What is International DL, importance of having one while coming to USA, validity of IDP, driving with IDP, renting with IDP.)
I personally wouldn’t spend time to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) which has a 1 year validity. This is because I prefer to use public modes of transportation so for me getting a DLL is a waste of money and time. But for those who like to drive, don’t forget to bring your original driver’s license when you come to America.
Every State in the U.S. has different rules with regards to International Driving License (or Permit). For example, in Texas, its actual validity is only for 1 month even though it bears a validity of 1 year in the card.
Some car rental companies like Enterprise and Thrifty allow International Students to rent a car using their Indian Driver’s License. You can use that to rent a car with insurance and drive with someone with a U.S. driver’s license. You can also use your Indian driver’s license to get your license here.
Getting a driver’s license here is an easy process and if you have already driven a car in India, it should be easier. If you still don’t know how to drive, you could learn how to in just a few days. For now, I do suggest that you don’t spent time and waste money in getting International Driving License (or Permit). How to get a driver’s license here is a whole new topic to talk about.