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Are international driving licences really necessary for any country?

When I first started travelling internationally about 20 years ago I was young and naive and bought an international driver's license for my trip to the United States. Then I discovered that it was ...
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What happens when a foreigner gets a traffic fine in the United States?

What happens when a foreigner gets a speeding ticket / traffic fine in the United States? I've heard that the issuing officer will demand payment on site or will confiscate the drivers license. That ...
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Can I use my probationary Australian driver's license to rent a car in the United States?

I got into this driving thing kinda late, which means I have a probationary driver's license from Victoria, Australia that looks kinda like this: (courtesy Angie Sommer's blog) This basically means ...
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Legality of Driving a Motorcyle in Vietnam as a Foreigner

Motor scooters and mopeds are the main form of transport in Vietnam. They can be seen everywhere from the smallest alley in a city to remote mountain villages. As such, many tourists choose to adopt a ...
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German couple (60,55) want to rent a car in Florida - Is an IDP required and are there maximum age restrictions?

My wife and I are German citizens. I am 60 and my wife is 55. We will be staying in Florida for 1 month and we would like to know if our German driving licence would be good enough to rent a car for 1 ...
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What determines the requirement for a guide when a foreigner wants to drive a vehicle he brought from abroad in China?

It is well known that a foreigner who wants to drive a foreign vehicle inside China needs to be accompanied by a guide - which makes this very costly: I have been quoted almost 7000 USD for 2 weeks ...
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Is my U.S. driver's license valid in Europe?

Can I drive using my U.S. (New York State) license in the European Union (if the answer depends on the country, please answer for Czech Republic)?
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An American driving in Europe — what to learn? [closed]

I've been driving over 20 years, but never outside the US. European driving is quite different, I hear, both rule of the road and other drivers' habits. If I was to drive in Europe what should I learn ...
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Do US hotels make a copy of the ID shown by guests?

When traveling to hotels in the United States, they frequently require that you show them your driver's license when you check in and then they make a copy of your driver's license. I recently read an ...
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Can I drive in EU states and Switzerland with German proof of a surrendered U.S. license?

I'm an American citizen living in Germany since January, 2019. I have/had a valid Illinois (U.S.) driver's license. In Germany, residents with U.S. driver's licenses from certain states can apply for ...
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Renting car without owning credit card

I have a credit card in my name, but no driving licence. My wife has a driving licence but no credit card. How do I get a rental car in Iceland? Is it possible to rent one? For example, in this link, ...
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I lost my passport. Can I use my ID or my driver's licence to fly from USA to Mexico?

I was checking everything because tomorrow I have to fly to Mexico at 2:00 PM and I have to be at the airport by 11:00 AM, but I didn't find my passport. Can I use my ID or my licence? I'm an American ...
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European driver's license Type B and 10,000lb vehicle in USA [duplicate]

We are a Belgian couple and want to travel in the US with a truck camper. This truck camper will weigh around 10,000 lbs (4500 kg). In Belgium we have a driver's licence Type B (European and ...
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Transfer of driving penalty from USA to UK license - does this happen?

Okay apologies if this question has been asked but searching all night has revealed nothing at all to me! Simply put, do speeding tickets from the USA put points on a UK driving license? I got ...
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Using my Azerbaijan driver's license in the Netherlands?

I have a driving licence which is issued in Azerbaijan and I have been living in Germany for 2 years(I have permission of residence).Clearly I can't use my driving licence in Germany after 6 month ...
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Driving a car in the UK with an Australian driver's license

Two questions: Is it legal to drive a car in the UK (London) with an Australian driver's license if we are coming for a week's visit? Is it possible (and easy enough) for one to drive in the UK after ...
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Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?

Assuming I have a Czech license and break a minor law in Germany which incurs me a certain number of "violation points" (e.g. speeding), would those points be eventually transferred to my Czech ...
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Why do international drivers licenses have limited validity?

The International Drivers Permit or IDP is simply a booklet with translations in various language of your own driver license. It always needs to be shown together with your original drivers license. ...
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Can I drive a car in Dubai with an IDP issued in Pakistan?

Can I drive a car in Dubai with an international driving permit issued in Pakistan? Does it matter if I'm driving a rental car or a friend's car? I hold a valid driving license from Pakistan, that ...
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Driving license in Australia

We will be in Australia for a few days and I was considering renting a car. Is a standard European license (we have Polish and Italian) good enough, or do we need "international driving license"? We ...
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How to get a new UK Driver's licence while travelling?

So hypothetically my driver's licence is lost (quite likely). I'm not in the UK. Is there any way I can get a replacement one from overseas and get it sent to either me, or a friend in the UK who ...
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Is a European driving license valid in Japan?

I have a European driving license. Would it be valid in Japan for a car or kart rental?
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Do you need driving license when renting scooter in Malaysia/Thailand?

I'm aware of IDP, but I've read that I don't need one as some companies rent the scooters just on the passport. If it's so, what risk do I have renting a scooter when having non-IDP EU driving ...
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I am a dual citizen of United States and Mexico, can I use my Mexican license in california when visiting?

I am originally a US citizen that has moved to Mexico and gotten my dual citizenship. Around two years ago I've gotten a DUI and got my license suspended, I've completed my DUI classes and passed my ...
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Do USA States have reciprocal agreements for learner drivers' permits?

Do states have any kind of reciprocal agreement for drivers (learner's) permits? If a child has a learner's permit issued in one state (i.e. Virginia), can that child legally drive in a second state (...
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What is an International Driver's License?

I have never understood the difference between international and non-international driver's licenses. Are some countries issuing non-international driver's licenses? I always assumed that if I have a ...
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Will residents of New York State need an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) to fly domestically in the US in 2016?

I am a U.S. citizen living in New York state and I have heard that I will need to purchase an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) to fly domestically in the U.S. starting in 2016. Is this true? According ...
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Is a traveller's allowance to drive on their native driving license renewable between EU countries?

An American citizen is resident in the UK and has not driven since her arrival. She has lived in the UK for long enough that she no longer qualifies as a visitor allowed to drive in the UK on her ...
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Can I drive in OR state with CT license?

I have a driving license from CT (Connecticut), and a vehicle registered with my name in OR (Oregon). So Can I drive in OR with my CT Driving License? And for how long I can drive?
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Australian drivers licence valid in the US?

I've been trying to find out whether I can rent a car in the US (4-5 days) using only my Australian drivers licence, but my Google foo is failing me. Can anyone enlighten me? Do I still need the ...
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Can I rent a manual transmission car in the UK with a Canadian driving license?

I've read that in the UK, in order to drive a manual transmission car, you must hold a driver's license that shows you took your test with a manual transmission. I have a Canadian driving license (...
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Is my Dutch driver's license a valid form of identification in Belgium or France?

I'm planning to travel to Namur, Belgium tomorrow, and that evening, I'll be going to Paris, France, from which I'll return the day after to the Netherlands. Due to the recent tensions in France, ...
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Driving in Slovakia with Uzbekistan driving licence

Family member came for a short term visit to stay in Slovakia. He has full driving licence issued in Uzbekistan (considered International licence). Can Uzbekistan citizen with a licence drive a car ...
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Do I need a boat license and can I get it in Australia to rent and drive boat in Europe?

I'm currently in Australia and I would like to use the opportunity to pass my boat license. I will go back to Europe at some points (I'm European). So I would like a license that's also valid in ...
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How to translate a driver's license in Okinawa (for a French national)?

I will go soon to Okinawa, Japan, and am planning to rent a car there. I have a French driving license. Since France and Japan did not sign the same international conventions, an international ...
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Fined for driving in NY with foreign drivers license

My friend (non-resident J1 visa holder) was pulled over for speeding in NY state, Long Island. When he showed the police officer his drivers license, issued in a EU member state, the cop said ...
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American renting car in UK

We're planning a road trip to the UK next month and have a couple of questions. I tried calling Budget at Heathrow but couldn't get through to speak with a person. Q1: I did rent a car in Leeds from ...
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How long can one drive using an Indian Driving License in California?

How long can one drive using an Indian Driving License (in English) in California? I have tried to research this one, but there's conflicting information on the Internet. Some say 1 month, some say 3 ...
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How does US state license reciprocity work for classes of license that don't exist in other states?

I'm considering going on an RV trip with a large RV (26,000 lbs. GVWR) and a tow vehicle on a dolly (combined weight ~6,000 lbs.). I've even found a few with airbrakes. The state requirements for this ...
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ID card, driving license and debit card stolen in Kiev. What is the worst that can happen? [closed]

My dad is an EU citizen. His ID card, driving license and debit card were stolen in Kiev metro. So far we called the bank and informed the local police, he has his passport so he is ok to fly. Is ...
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Do Americans need special permits to rent and drive a car in France?

I'm hoping to rent a car in June to drive from Paris to several day-trips with my family -- I figured it would be the cheapest and most convenient option for four people to get to and from places like ...
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Renting a car in Chicago with California license on a tourist visa

I'll be visiting Chicago next week as a tourist, and I'll enter the United States with the standard tourist visa. I am a French resident. Three years ago, I lived in California as a student on a F-1 ...
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International driver's permit expired in Spain — what should I do?

I have a US driver's license, and I have an international driver's permit which, I discovered this morning, expired in June. I'm already in Spain, and I understand that here US citizens are "required"...
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How much cash should I carry for driving a rental car in Italy?

My wife and I are traveling to Europe this May. We are renting a car in Florence, Italy for driving around Tuscany. We decided she will learn the language and I'll learn to drive there. I've been ...
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Is my Turkish Driving License valid in the UK?

I have a B category driving licence which I obtained in Turkey. Do you know if my Turkish driving licence is valid in the UK? It was issued both in Turkish and English. If not, what kind of steps I ...
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Can I drive my British car in the Netherlands using my Dutch drivers license as a UK resident?

A friend of mine got fined for "belastingontduiking" (tax evasion) driving in NL with a BE car, owned by his parents who live across the border, in Belgium, 5 km away from him. This resulted in this ...
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Can you rent / drive a car in the USA with just the paper counterpart of the UK driver's license?

A few weeks ago I lost my card UK driver's license somewhere in Arizona/Nevada. Next week I head to California. My new license may not make it here in time. However I still have the paper ...
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Can I supervise a learner italian driver in italy with my full Australian drivers license plus international drivers permit?

I am going to italy, and I have a full australian driving licence and an international drivers permit. My friend has a car and has his learners permit only. Can he drive with me as his passenger ...
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How can I determine if I need an International Driving Permit?

Several of the existing answers on the matter of the IDP point to the advantage of it being in a Latin script and thus easier for foreign police and car rental agencies to verify. Generally there is ...
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Driving in U.S. (Hawaii) with EU license written in Czech

I have a European driving license which is completely written in Czech (see photos below). Can I use it for driving in the U.S. (I will go to Hawaii for 3 weeks), or do I have to obtain another ...