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Mar 27th, 2011, 03:59 PM
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Car Rental: Driver's License Issue Date?

My husband and I are leaving for Ireland on Tuesday. We prepaid for a car rental with Dan Dooley through their US office. While putting together our documents, I noticed that your license must have been issued at least two years ago. I renewed my license in 2008, so I didn't think this would be an issue. However, I forgot that my license was reissued last June because my husband and I bought a house (so both of our licenses have issue dates of less than one year). This is my fault for not picking up on this earlier, and I will be calling the US office as soon as they open tomorrow morning, but has anyone else had this problem? I'm trying not to panic, but it would be nice to hear something reassuring! I did pay for my driving record online showing that my license was renewed in February of 2008 and I'm hoping I can fax it or send a scanned copy to the US office tomorrow. I'm so disappointed in myself that I did not notice earlier But, I can't imagine that we are the first ones that this has happened to, with names changes, changing addresses, etc.
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Mar 28th, 2011, 05:28 AM
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You must have held a full licence for 2 years prior to the rental so if you have information on your licence that you passed your driving test before April 2009 there should be no problem. I would email Dooley's pointing out your problem as it is their response that matters.

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Mar 28th, 2011, 05:38 AM
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Good advice from Tony above... call and find out for sure.

I have been driving for 40 years. But my Ontario
license shows only the date from last year when it was renewed. There is nothing on the license to show how long I have held it.

I can't believe Ontario is the only jurisdiction where this happens... surely the rental company must be aware of this?
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Mar 28th, 2011, 06:29 AM
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Thanks, Tony. I will be calling in a few minutes! Like ParisAmsterdam, there is nothing on my license other than the reissue date of June 2010, even though I have had a license since I was 18. I can't imagine I'm the first person this has happened to! I'll let everyone know what Dan Dooley says.
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Mar 28th, 2011, 06:42 AM
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Dan Dooley's US office is supposed to be open at 9:30am EST and they're not answering their phones yet! Will update soon.
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Mar 28th, 2011, 07:04 AM
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Still no answer on the phone. I have also emailed the office. This is getting a bit ridiculous.
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Mar 28th, 2011, 09:26 AM
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Finally talked to Mary via email (she says that Monday mornings are crazy). She asked for my license expiration date (April 2013). She said I should not have a problem. I'm bringing my driving record and her email just in case. Hopefully this will help someone else in my position!
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Mar 28th, 2011, 09:47 AM
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Here's what it says on the Dooley website:

"Drivers must be in possession of a full unendorsed driving license and be driving on a regular basis for 2 years prior to the commencement of rental."

Note it does not say your license has to have been issued 2 years ago, only that you've been driving on a regular basis in the 2 years prior to the rental date. They never even asked us about it when we rented from them.
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Mar 28th, 2011, 11:36 AM
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I think there is some confusion. No one is asking when your license was RENEWED. they want to know that you have had a valid license for at least 2 years - that is - you didn;t get your FIRST license only 6 months ago (since drivers tend to have a much higher incidence of accidents in the first couple of years of driving).
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Mar 28th, 2011, 12:38 PM
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An expired license will prove that you were driving before your present license was issued.
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Mar 28th, 2011, 03:56 PM
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The insert that I received is worded differently and said that it must have been issued at least two years prior to rental date. I realize that this is because they don't want inexperienced drivers on the road; however, my Virginia driver's license has no information about how long I have actually had a license; it only shows my last issue date. So, there was no way that I could prove that I had been driving for at least two years. I'm assuming they just take everyone's word for it, but I will still be taking documentation and the NJ office recommended that I present the email conversation about this matter when I pick up the rental.
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Mar 29th, 2011, 02:43 AM
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The restriction will be a condition of the Insurance so if anyone has an accident they will have to provide information on the claim as to the date they passed their full driving test. If this turns out to be less than 2years then the insurance would be null and void. I think the rental agencies are a little more vigilant when it comes to younger drivers.
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Mar 29th, 2011, 07:22 AM
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>>>
nytraveler

I think there is some confusion. No one is asking when your license was RENEWED.
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We all understand that. What we are saying is that how LONG we have driven is NOT indicated on a license ONLY the most recent renewal.

I am guessing that if a chap like me in his 50's shows up at the counter they assume I've been driving for more than 2 years... but I have no way to prove this.

There was a fairly recent thread either here or at TA not long ago where some officious clerk insisted on proof and the people had to go and rent for more money at the last minute at a different rental car counter at CDG if I remember correctly...
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