We are travelling to Alberta, Canada next month and will be hiring a car. Do we need an international driver's licence or is our Australian licence recognised?
An interesting question you have asked, unexpectedly!
My instinct, having not heard any Aussies reporting an issue before now, would have simply been to say, yes, your Aussie one would be fine, especially if it has a photo.
However, a little bit of googling seems to have found some contradictory info:
The bottom line would seem to be that no Aussies are reporting problems, but it seem to be a weird, grey area, surprisingly.
Maybe somebody else will come up with unambiguous and up to date chapter and verse!
SWTEdited: 21 January 2014, 13:30
Alberta is one of states that allow drivers with OZ license to drive, however, it could be safer to have International Driving Permit if you plant to drive outside of states recognising OZ license.
True, it should be read province.
As I said on the thread linked by cbaarch, an IDP is not required. It is only a translation of your own English language licence anyway for use in countries where English is not the official language. They speak English in Alberta, although my daughter living in Calgary has got a horrible accent. :)Edited: 22 January 2014, 00:52
We were confused about this before our last trip to the states and Canada, so to be safe, we got one. We rented cars in three different states in the US, and also 2 provinces in Canada, and were not asked at all. A lot of travel brochures and guides seem to think it's mandatory to have one but clearly not.
Check the car rental contract. I have seen contracts (not in Canada) that require an International Driver's Permit for foreign licenses. You do not want some jobsworth denying you a rental car.
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