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International Drivers License and surcharges/taxes

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International Drivers License and surcharges/taxes

I recently came across the following on another webiste:

International Drivers: Beginning in January 1, 2013, Florida law requires all drivers from abroad — including Canadian and British tourists — possess an international driver's permit in addition to their regular license. Millions of international visitors drive in Florida each year, and state legislators thought the international driving permit — a standardized document that translates the license details into 10 different languages — would help law officers interpret foreign licenses. The permit seems notably more important for visitors from locations such as Quebec and Brazil where English is likely not the language of their credentials. The new law, however, applies to any non-resident and to those renting cars as well, although it is unclear whether car rental agencies would ask for the permit. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has said it is looking to “clarify the law” so that English-language licenses would be acceptable. The next legislative session begins in March, and the soonest any change might happen would be July 1, 2013. Canadians can pick up an IDP at a local CAA office for $25, plus the cost of passport photos. It’s valid for one year.

Update: The Florida Highway Patrol will no longer be enforcing a state law requiring Canadian drivers to carry an international driving permit along with their drivers license. The CAA is working to find out whether the same applies to local police forces. If not, it’s possible Canadian drivers could be arrested for driving without a valid license. Also, there remains concerns about insurance coverage in Florida since for the time being the law states that without an international driver’s permit Canadians do not have a valid driver’s license. We’ve heard conflicting signals from the industry on whether they’d honor policies or not,” said CAA spokesperson Ian Jack. “In the interim, Insurance Bureau of Canada, strongly discourages any insurer from using the amended Florida statute as a reason to deny coverage on the basis that the non–resident driver was not authorized to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Florida.” As to whether car rental agencies would require the international driving permit, Budget car rental as said the permit would be required along with the driver’s license to rent a vehicle in Florida, while both Hertz and Enterprise in Orlando have said that only a valid Canadian license would be required for car rental.

Can anyone tell me if an international license for Canadians is indeed required? We are booked for late September for a DW/Orlando vacation. Also, how much do all these extra fees and surcharges add to the rentals? I read up to 40%, is this true? Are the fees already added into the quotes I get from the car rental companies or will they be added on once I pick up/drop off the car?

Thanks.

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1. Re: International Drivers License and surcharges/taxes

just got back from renting cars in Florida...paid no extra surcharges/taxes besides regular local fees....Budget and Avis require only your Cdn Licence.... book on line for best rates

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2. Re: International Drivers License and surcharges/taxes

This has been discussed at length. The Florida state government website has the (slightly out of date) official information.

http://www.flhsmv.gov

Specifically,

http://www.flhsmv.gov/news/pdfs/PR021413.pdf

The State of Florida says a Canadian Driver's license is fine. Nothing more is needed.

More currently, the Florida state legislature passed a bill removing the requirement for the International Driver's License. Here is the official response of Governor Scott. There's been no announcement about actually signing the bill.

flgov.com/statement-from-governor-scott-rega…

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3. Re: International Drivers License and surcharges/taxes

Here's the latest:

…heraldtribune.com/2013/…

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