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Jun 25th, 2010, 02:58 AM
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If there would be a need for an IDP in Germany for Americans, they might become stricter. But since an IDP for them is NEVER needed in Germany, no car rental company will ever ask you for it in this country.
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Jun 25th, 2010, 04:29 AM
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logos...an IDP is needed and yes the bod at the desk may or may not ask for it. The trouble begins with the Police. No arguments with them eh? And all for the sake of 10 or so US dollars. Priceless
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Jun 25th, 2010, 04:59 AM
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ribeirasacra, NO IDP for American nationals in Germany needed!
Never has been, never will be as long there isn't even an agreement between the US and Germnay on the use of IDPs.
This is German law, no German policeman will ever ask a US national for an IDP. Those are the facts.
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Jun 25th, 2010, 05:26 AM
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By law, Austria, Italy, and Spain do require that you have an IDP. Germany and France do not. Most rental car companies won't ask for it in Austria, Italy, and Spain, but a policeman might if you are involved in an accident or traffic violation.

I don't know the law regarding IDPs in other European countries, as I haven't driven in other countries and so didn't have to research it.
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Jun 25th, 2010, 05:58 PM
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logos999 - I was alerted to have the IDP and I was asked for it in Oct 2009.
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Jun 25th, 2010, 05:59 PM
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Forgot to include - this was Hertz.
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Jun 25th, 2010, 06:10 PM
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>asked for it in Oct 2009
But not in Germany.
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