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Foreigner renting car in Canada - what is required?

Mar 2nd, 2009, 10:26 PM
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Foreigner renting car in Canada - what is required?

I am a U.S. citizen and planning to rent a car in Canada. What am I required to show (if anything) in order to get the car? I don't have a valid U.S. driver's license (it was stolen recently when I was in Africa and I haven't had time to renew it yet), but I have a valid international license and passport. Is that enough?

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Mar 3rd, 2009, 03:16 AM
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The International Driver's Licence is not sufficient, as it is only a translation of your US licence and is only valid with it. You will need a current and valid US licence if you wish to rent a car.
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Mar 3rd, 2009, 09:59 AM
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I actually called a car rental company and they said my international license was fine. My U.S. license is technically valid, I just don't have the physical copy. In other words, I am licensed to drive in the U.S., I just don't have the proof! Hopefully we'll be set with the international license.

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Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:18 AM
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You just might want to get that in writing before you leave.
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Mar 3rd, 2009, 07:35 PM
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I don't think the car rental company will ask to check - they've never asked to see my license before.

HOWEVER, if you are stopped at any point by law enforcement, not having your actual driver license is going to get you in trouble.

Per the U.S. State Department: These licenses are not intended to replace valid U.S. state licenses and should only be used as a supplement to a valid U.S. license.

At the very least, I would go in and get a "paper" temporary license from the DMV before going. Carry the paper license, your passport, and your international driver license whenever you are driving.

Better to have it and never get asked for it, then to get asked for it and not have it.
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Mar 3rd, 2009, 07:38 PM
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P.S. I wouldn't bet on anything a car rental employee says about what is legal and not legal.
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Mar 4th, 2009, 05:57 AM
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I rent about 10 times a year in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Halifax (most recently five days ago at Toronto Pearson) and have been asked to show my driver's license every time.

I'd be really surprised that an IDL would cut it.

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Mar 9th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Hi all, just to follow up on my own question - I rented the car from Discount using my int'l license, no problems. Crossed the border twice, didn't have any trouble.
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Mar 9th, 2009, 12:21 PM
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I am amazed...I have never heard of a car rental place not asking to see your licence as a Canadian, but you don't have to if you come from outside the country??? Any other experiences like this before I alert the local highway patrol!
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