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I lost my passport. Can I use my ID or my driver's licence to fly from USA to Mexico?

You definitively need your passport or an adequate emergency travel document. Not only will Mexico not accept your ID card or driver's license but more importantly, since about a decade already, you ...
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Renting car without owning credit card

Contact your credit card issuer, and ask for a second card on your account with your wife's name printed on it. Most credit card companies will happily do this.
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An American driving in Europe -- what to learn?

I've driven for many years in the US and also gone through the process of getting my driver's license (again!) in the Netherlands. The below is based on my experience and there are some subtle ...
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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?

German driving licence would be good to rent a car for 1 month or do we need an international driving licence? You can usually rent a car and drive with a valid driver's license from your home ...
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Do Americans need special permits to rent and drive a car in France?

In France, driver's licences issued by non-EEA countries are only valid if they are written in French, or accompanied by a notarized translation or an International Driving Permit. Quoting from the ...
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Is a European driving license valid in Japan?

Japan is listed as a country that requires an IDP (International Drivers Permit) in addition to your domestic driving licence. Source For kart rental, when I looked into it all required an IDP in ...
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I am a dual citizen of United States and Mexico, can I use my Mexican license in california when visiting?

Yes, in general you can use your Mexican license as long as you do not become a resident of California: If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license (DL) from your home ...
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Can I get a driver's license as a tourist in the EU?

Unlikely. Though you can still go to driving schools at least in some countries. The EU directive on driving licences provides: Article 7 Driving licences shall be issued only to those applicants: [...
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Is any translation of driver’s licence valid for international driving?

No, it has to be issued by your country's government, or an organization they have authorized to issue them. Article 24 of the 1949 Geneva Convention (emphasis mine): The international driving permit ...
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California driver's license expires in May, can I get a RealID without visiting a DMV?

The only answer at this time is to wait for the DMV to reopen or the passport offices to reopen. The good news is you have a lot more time to get this Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-...
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An American driving in Europe -- what to learn?

Do not pass on the right. Learn the right of way rules. Here is the US military driving manual for Germany. It comes the major rules and if followed will work for almost everywhere in Europe. http:/...
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Driving a car in the UK with an Australian driver's license

Yes, You can drive legally. Your Australian driving experience will certainly help since both drive on same side. Traffic congestion can be a problem depending upon where you are. So it’s not like a ...
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An American driving in Europe -- what to learn?

In some European countries there some things that are compulsory to carry in the car. Check for each country you're visiting what's required. Confirm what's provided by the hire co. and what you ...
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Do US hotels make a copy of the ID shown by guests?

As Li Zhi said, showing an ID is for the protection of the hotel. Hotels are in a very risky business, that is, letting complete strangers stay in their rooms. Any said stranger could easily steal ...
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Do you need to get a new IDP when you get a new driver's license endorsement?

Your IDP is simply a translation of your existing license into several languages, with the classes of vehicles you can drive endorsed by a stamp. You'll notice that your existing IDP only has the ...
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Can I use a passport card to drive/travel legally in the US?

Tl;dr The driver of a motor vehicle on public roads in the United States must possess a valid drivers licenses. This is governed by each state's law, and is a consistent rule. More detail: No person ...
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Driving with a US license abroad but not being a US citizen

As far as rental companies are concerned, a driving license stands on its own. You don't need to provide additional ID, prove citizenship etc. You're typically required to obtain a local license if ...
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US citizen driving his car with a Mexican license

Mexican driver's licenses are recognized in the US without regard to the citizenship of the bearer. Most US states if not all require new residents to obtain a driver's license from that state within ...
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Driving license for electric bikes in California?

You do not need a license for upto a Type-3 E-Bike. Reference: ElectricBike.com Then we have this matching information from calibike.org: Mopeds and high-speed electric bikes are not like regular ...
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Driving Someone Else's Car Across US/Canada Borders

Border guards could suspect that you have taken the car without permission. For that matter, so might police if you get stopped for any reason. You could try to rely on your ability to persuade them ...
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Is my Dutch driver's license a valid form of identification in Belgium or France?

Technically not, because driving licences do not state nationality, which is turn is what dictates your right to be in the Schengen Area. In practice, you would usually be OK unless they decide to go ...
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Why is driving with a foreign driver's license generally accepted on short vacations?

Because governments of most of the world's countries have signed the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic or the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. The conventions also unified most of the ...
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Is internationaldriversassociation.com legitimate?

No, as best as I can tell, this organization is not properly authorized to issue IDPs. IDPs are regulated by treaty, which states: Contracting Parties shall recognize … Any international permit ...
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Do US hotels make a copy of the ID shown by guests?

I have never been allowed to check into a hotel in the US without showing ID. I assume they record it. There is nothing on a driver's license that wouldn't be available from public records easily ...
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What is the best way to learn driving in the United States?

Basically, you have two options, which are not mutually exclusive. If you have a friend who owns a car who is willing to allow you to use the car to practice driving, you can do that. In most states,...
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Using my Azerbaijan driver's license in the Netherlands?

If you don't actually live in The Netherlands, so you are really a tourist, you can use your foreign drivers license. Quoting from the official government page: Tijdelijk verblijf in Nederland met ...
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Do Americans need special permits to rent and drive a car in France?

Driving in France While France has an extensive rail network, a car is probably the best way to explore the country in total freedom. From motorways to departmental roads and country lanes, France has ...
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