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Car Rental: Is a USA License OK?

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Car Rental: Is a USA License OK?

I just read here about renting a car which sounds awesome.

Should I get some sort of international license?

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1. Re: Car Rental: Is a USA License OK?

On thie Italy Forum front page, in the use right it is the first of the Top Questions.

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2. Re: Car Rental: Is a USA License OK?

This is the article, it tells you all you need to know about driving in Italy:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187893-c140065/Tusca…

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You also need to get an International Drivers Permit (IDP) - you get it at a AAA office; it requires a passport style photo; costs about $20 and is valid for one year from the date of issue. It is required by law in addition to your driver's license.

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Thank you!

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Sorry, "use" should be "upper". I hate spell check.

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Get the IDL for sure; we were asked for ours by the rental co.

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The “IDP” Question:

roninrome.com/transportation/the-idp-question

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We had driven in various places in Europe several times and were never, ever asked about an Int'l. Driver's License when renting our car or any other time. But, you see, the issue only becomes important IF you have an accident or get a ticket. I insisted my husband go to AAA and get an int'l. license our last trip to Europe about 3 yrs. ago - luckily. He parked illegally (w/out realizing it) in Sintra, Portugal. The car was parked in front of someone's front door (curb was only about 3 ft. from the door). (I think the owner might have called the cops more because he was in an angry mood than anything because when we pulled up, he was having a huge yelling match w/a young woman I think was his granddaughter.) Two cops were waiting for us when we returned to the car about an hr. after parking there. The int'l. license basically translates your information into several different languages so that the police can read it. Luckily it was only a ticket (which we had to pay for on the spot) but had it been a wreck, then I'm sure it would have REALLY been important for us to have one!

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IDP is a legal requirement in Italy (but not in some other European countries). Even the rental car agent might turn you away if he/she decides to ask for it. You should have the document regardless. There is no reason to ruin a well-planned vacation because you are missing a simple document that doesn't cost a whole lot.

Edited: 23 August 2012, 04:23
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10. Re: Car Rental: Is a USA License OK?

EU law requires the IDP which is a translation of your licence. You will need your regular driver’s licence as well.

European Commission Driving licence:

Situations relating to countries outside the EU

…europa.eu/transport/…index_en.htm

From the ACI (Automobile Club Italia):

Driving in Italy: information for visiting motorists:

aci.it/viaggia-con-noi/driving-in-italy/driv…

Compulsory documents and safety equipment. Seat belts. Driving rules:

aci.it/fileadmin/…Compulsory.pdf

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