Don't forget: the au pair contract, insurance etc.

This page provides you with some information about insurance, safety and similar topics.

The au pair contract

Attention: In order to work as an au pair in the USA, you have to apply through a US designated agency. The agency will be in charge of the formalities of the process. You will also sign your au pair contract with your host family through one of these 16 US designated agencies.

Contract termination

Please turn to one of the 16 US designated agencies for more information about contract termination and notice of termination.

Health insurance

The agency you choose with your host family for the au pair placement will take out health insurance for you. Contact the agency for more information.

Travel costs

Travel costs are included in the placement fee you and your host family have to pay for one of the designated au pair sponsors.

Car driving and driving licence

In the USA, cars are the most popular means of transport. Therefore, you will most probably drive the car of your host family. You need to clarify in advance issues of insurance and liability, which your au pair agency can also help you with.

As an au pair in the USA, you need a driving licence. In this context, you need to find out whether or not your driving licence is valid or if you need an international licence. Your agency can provide you with more information.

You can find out more on driving licence regulations in the USA on the website: Transportation and Public Works.
Information about international driving licences can be found at American Automobile clubs or road traffic authorities in your home country.


  • We strongly recommend you to discuss all important details concerning your au pair stay with your future host parents well in advance. On the following page you will find the most important questions you should ask your host family.
  • Have you already spoken to your host family on the phone to find out if you get along well with each other? Find out what else you can do for your safety in our Security section.
  • Having a sound knowledge of English can be very advantageous as it enables you to express your wants and needs, especially in cases of illness.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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