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

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 ...
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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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Legality of Driving a Motorcyle in Vietnam as a Foreigner

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 ...
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Legality of Driving a Motorcyle in Vietnam as a Foreigner

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 ...
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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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Fined for driving in NY with foreign drivers license

The New York State DMV says this: Non-residents 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 ...
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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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Transfer of driving penalty from USA to UK license - does this happen?

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. ...
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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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Why do international drivers licenses have limited validity?

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 ...
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Can I rent a manual transmission car in the UK with a Canadian driving license?

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' ...
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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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How much cash should I carry for driving a rental car in Italy?

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 ...
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Are "violation points" applied to EU licences outside of their home country?

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 ...
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Bribing Indonesian police for missing motorbike license

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....
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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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