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International Driving Permit - Florida


Life President
Apr 7, 2005
Off to Florida soon and had an email from the villa owner saying I had to get an International Driving Permit as its a new law introduced on the 1st Jan 2013 but hardly publicised.

Never heard of it and checked RAC and Post Office but both say recommended only.

However the AA site shows :

R – USA (Florida) compulsory IDP – 1 January 2013
A law introduced in Florida, USA, on 1 January 2013 requires all persons who hold a licence issued outside of the US to carry an International Driving Permit along with their national driving licence. Without an IDP, a driver is therefore driving without a valid licence. If stopped, law enforcement has the options of:

Seems absurd as you cant get one without a driving license, so not sure what the point is. Only costs £5.50 so not a big thing but doesnt seem to be something anyone has heard of.

So something to bear in mind for any Florida bound people this year.