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 are required to present a passport to return when arriving by air.
So, unless you want to stay in Mexico for, uh... a longer time, not taking your passport is ...
Answering my question since I was unable to find a solid answer elsewhere:
Yes, you can. Whereas Aussie rental companies insist on "unrestricted" licenses, their American counterparts are happy with any "valid" driver's license. In San Francisco, the two random Hertz and Enterprise outlets I tried didn't bat an eyelid at seeing a Victorian provisional ...
According to Timatic (I used the Sky Team interface), the following applies:
Driving License issued by United States of America to a national of United States of America is not listed as an accepted document by Mexico. Please check the document details have been entered correctly.
Document of Identity issued by United States of America to a ...
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 differences between countries so beware.
First, to get it out of the way, almost all cars in Europe are manual transmissions, although some rental cars are ...
Three unalterable facts:
Yes, you need a Vietnamese DL to lawfully operate a scooter in Vietnam
No, a tourist cannot get a Vietnamese DL
Nobody, nobody, in Vietnam cares about the above two unalterable facts
I rented a scooter in Danang last month. The rental process consisted of me handing over 100,000 đồng (just under $5 USD) and the clerk giving me the ...
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 official information page from the French authorities:
Vous pouvez conduire temporairement en France avec votre permis
délivré par un pays extérieur à l'...
Little Bikes are Simple
No license is necessary for motorcycles under 50cc, or electric bikes (e.g. Australian Embassy). You may, however, struggle to find such a bike for rental; electric bikes might be possible to get hold of in the big cities, but you're not going to be going on a road trip on one.
The Law on Bigger Bikes
For bigger bikes, or cars, it's ...
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 country in USA. An international license may be helpful in convincing the car rental agent that you really have a valid license when they cannot recognize or ...
The New York State DMV says this:
Out-of-state and foreign driver licenses\
You can drive in New York State with a valid driver license from another state or country. You don’t need to apply for a New York State driver license unless you become a New York State resident.
If you have a driver license from another country you do not need to have ...
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 addition to a valid foreign driving licence although it does look like not all European countries issue IDPs in the format required.
Belgium, France, Germany, ...
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 state or country, you may drive in this state without getting a California DL as long as your home state DL remains valid.
If you become a California resident, ...
Unlikely. Though you can still go to driving schools at least in some countries.
The EU directive on driving licences provides:
Driving licences shall be issued only to those applicants:
(e) who have their normal residence in the territory of the Member State issuing the licence, or can produce evidence that they have been studying there ...
No. There is no transfer to the UK (although note that some info seems to be shared with Mexico and Canada).
The UK ONLY has a mutual recognition of driving points / disqualifications with Ireland.
They address this with regards to the future, hopefully initially with other EU states, which they don't even have this with currently:
We agree in principle ...
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-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID ...
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.
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 piece of cake. People don’t really recommend tourists drive cars in central London but we don’t really know where you plan to drive.
If its going to be London, ...
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 need to source.
Such things as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, Hi_vis jackets (one per person or driver only), disposable breathalyzer kits, spare bulbs, ...
Yes you can. Because a Canadian license permits you to drive manual transmission cars back home, it's taken as permission to drive one abroad. Since there isn't a specific 'manual transmission' license there is no other approach that could be taken.
I have rented manual cars in Britain many times on an Ontario license.
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 things, or destroy things.
As for why some hotels copy them: that's so they have proof who was in the room, should any legal need arise. When I worked at a hotel,...
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 stamp on class B (passenger cars), and does not have the stamp on class A (motorcycles), so it does not indicate that you can drive motorcycles. To be sure, you ...
Yes, it is useless.
The reason is that there are two cases. The first case is that you are allowed to use your foreign driving license. For example, a tourist from the USA may drive with his own license six months in Germany. But that is only allowed because Germany and the USA have a reciprocity convention, in this case you do not need this IDD. Simply ask ...
If you violate a traffic law and get busted you can pay on spot a reduced fine or a deposit which amount is half the price of the fine. If you chose to pay the deposits you will be able to contesting the fine.
The most common violations are:
no seat belt: from 76 to 306 euros.
underage with no seat belt: from 76 to 306 euros.
exceeding speed limits: from ...
International Driver's License or rather International Driver's Permit(IDP) is a document officially specifying that you're licensed to drive in your "home" country and recognized by most countries as official document allowing you to drive. It has to be issued by either a government agency or a government designed agency like AAA in the US.
The difference ...
The one year validity was originally set in the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic and agreed upon. Anyway, in the 1968 convention of the same topic it was changed to no more than 3 years validity after the date of issue or until the date of expiry of the domestic driver's license, whichever is earlier, but it seems that this is not followed.
The standard "on-the-spot fine" for minor and/or imaginary traffic infractions while white is Rp. 50,000. Indonesians may get away with less, the average bule will need to haggle to get even that low.
I'd advise you to reconsider renting a scooter though. First, you do need that license to drive legally, and any insurance you may have is likely ...
You do not need a license for upto a Type-3 E-Bike.
Then we have this matching information from calibike.org:
Mopeds and high-speed electric bikes are not like regular bikes. Gas-powered bicycles and type 3 electric bicycles (with top assisted speeds of 28 mph) may not be used on trails or bike paths or lanes unless allowed ...
European Transport Safety Council Directives
Pre May 2015
Up until recently, individual European countries would set-up bilateral agreements regarding traffic regulation enforcement. This is the case for example for UK and Ireland; Switzerland and Italy; to name a few. Talks of unifying or regulating cross-border traffic infringements date way back. In ...
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 that you have your girlfriend's permission. You could also try to rely on your ability to reach your girlfriend by telephone. In the vast majority of cases, ...