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International Driving Permit Required for Florida - UPDATED

Discussion in 'Transportation & Travel' started by Wendy, Feb 11, 2013.

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    Hopefully they clarify and sort out the legislation before we go in october. If not I will probably just swallow the cost just for peace of mind :rolleyes:

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    I completely agree with you Sue :yes:
     
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    Well i won't be bothering until it's sorted. It should be noted not all Post Offices issues these IDP's. It amazes me that we actually issue an IDP in the Uk translating English into English. bearing in mind that is it's sole job.
     
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    I HAVE JUST BOOKED MY CAR HIRE FROM DOLLAR AND THEY REQUEST AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVING LISCENCE
     
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    Thank you so much for this Robert, that's really useful information.
     
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    Thanks Robert - I was actually going to look into booking our car hire today (we use Dollar)
     
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    To be clear did they say licence or permit they are NOT the same thing?

    not to mention doesn't this break the same international law Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949) that forced them to abandon enforcing the new law.
     
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    The thing is some people will still be happier to get the IDP. The change in law hasn't been abandoned it had been suspended until the next meeting when it be discussed again.

    Now I for one would get the IDP if I was going in the next few months. If nothing has been permanently decided in August then I will be getting one then.

    Worse case scenario they find a way around the Geneva Convention and it is decided whilst someone is on holiday that it will stand and an IDP is required there will be no use saying "sorry officer but when I arrived I didn't need one" :shrug:

    Each to their own I guess but for such a small amount of money I would advise people to get one, until there has been a permanent change back to the way it used to be, I know I will be.
     
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    In fact they have made it clear this law is an unintended consequence. I have simply asked did Dollar ask for a international licence or permit they ate different!

    Would be a lot easier if it could be got from all post offices.
     
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    It would definitely be easier if it could be got from all post offices, although you can do it via post for a few quid more.

    I had a pre-booking with Dollar and just paid the balance, in the final paperwork they mention they'll need to see an IDP at time of rental.

    Now, by the time I come to rent, the law may have been changed and everyone told its not needed. Everyone may have got the message that the law was a silly unintended consequence and that prosecutions have been suspended.

    Or .... Not ....

    It's stupid, silly, a crazy oversight but there's just no way I'm going to take the chance for the few quid it costs. Even if they changed the law a week before I go out, I'll still be taking an IDP with me even if I think it's daft ;-)
     
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    I would think Robert means Permit, but I am sure he will clarify this at some point.

    Actually, according to the AA, an International Driving Licence is not a legally recognised document and if you pay to get one of these from various Comapanies in the internet, you will not be able to use this to meet national requirements to carry an IDP.

    In their update of 15 February 2013 they state:

    The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has since released a Statement on International Driving Permits. This says that the Florida law will not be enforced until a final determination regarding the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic can be made. Although the DHSMV states the law will not be enforced, theoretically this law still exists.

    Consequently, the AA strongly advises that you should obtain an IDP if you intend to drive in Florida before the possible repeal of the law in March.

    The UK licence is a licence issued in the UK which can be used throughout Europe, it is not an international one.
     
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    Great news, thank Mags :D
     

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