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International Drivers License

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International Drivers License

Do Australians need an international drivers license in the USA to drive a rental car?

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1. Re: International Drivers License

No. However, if you plan to be in the U.S. for more than 90 days, then you'll need to get an international driver's license.

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Thank you :)

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4. Re: International Drivers License

OK, that is a PAY extra website in post #3, and I would avoid it.

The International Driving Permit program just translates an official Drivers License to multiple languages. If you are coming to America, and your Driver's License is issued in English, there is no need for it. Just show your Driver's License. If you have a two part license, make sure and bring both your Photo ID part, and the Paper part, which has more detail.

HSJ mentions the California Resident Rules, which are different.

But I can't find the 90 day rule...

www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/dl_info.htm#international

>>The State of California does not recognize an International Driving Permit (IDP) as a valid driver license. California does recognize a valid driver license that is issued by a foreign jurisdiction (country, state, territory) of which the license holder is a resident.<<

So o the OP, you should be just fine.

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5. Re: International Drivers License

Last time we brought an International Drivers Licence was 20 year ago. Nobody ever asked for it.

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Im planning to drive san diego to los angeles by car, would international license do or we are not allowed on highways with,such a license

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7. Re: International Drivers License

International license is fine. A license from your own country is fine too as long as the writing on the license is in English.

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reema22284, if you are asking if your license from another country (an "international" license) is valid in the US, yes it is.

But if you are talking about the document known as an "International Drivers License", you also MUST have with you your actual license from your own country. The IDL is just a translation of the info, so a policeman can understand your license. You cannot rent, as far as I know, with ONLY an IDL.

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Beware: the site linked in reply #3 is offering an International Drivers License. There are a number of such sites, and they are all scams selling worthless pieces of paper.

The only official document is an International Driving *Permit* and that is available only through recognised motoring associations: the AAA in USA, or the NRMA, RACV, etc., in Australia.

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10. Re: International Drivers License

Above posts are correct: it's an international drivers permit or certificate, not a license. As noted, you need to have your original license with you. It's mainly needed if your original license is not in "regular" script (e.g., it's in Cyrillic, Chinese, or Arabic). Doesn't even necessarily have to be in English for most rental car companies (I've used a Portuguese language license from Brazil), though having the certificate, in English, could conceivably help if you're stopped by police. Different rental car companies can have different policies, so you can ask then directly.

Edited: 12 April 2013, 14:17