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Driving in Switz/Italy/Austria

Old Apr 7th, 2002, 01:49 PM
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My husband just got his International Driver's License at AAA a couple of weeks ago for our trip in May. They will take your photo right there at AAA for $5 or $7 I believe depending on if you're a member. The whole process took about 15 minutes and he walked out with his drivers license. I agree that it is much better to have it than to risk the heavy fine if you get caught without it. Not all police officers may be as forgiving as Bob C's.
Old Apr 7th, 2002, 03:05 PM
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Our AAA doesn't charge anything for the photos for the driver's license or for passports for that matter, so long as you are a member.
We always do the International license deal. We thought it best in Turkey and Greece, but were never asked for it when renting cars in either country. We were going to be in Spain and everyone made it clear you'd have to have one to even rent the car -- but we rented a car and were never asked for the International Drivers license, just the US one.
I agree, for $10 it is worth the peace of mind.
Old Apr 12th, 2002, 10:50 AM
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I just got back from a week of driving in Switzerland and had no need for an int'l license. I think my fav drive was from Interlaken to Gstaad. Unbelievable scenery. The drive from Gstaad to Lake Geneva is amazing as well. Some great views of the Alps.
Old Apr 12th, 2002, 11:01 AM
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We have been stopped twice in 8 years while driving in Italy, not for speeding but for some routine "guardia" looking-for-a-bad-guy-in-a-small-community-thing- this happens a lot along the southern Adriatic coast because of refugee crime. We did not need the international licence the first time, the Canadian one did just fine, but the second time we were very glad we had it and we had to produce passports for all passengers as well.Just stay calm and produce the paperwork fast and with a smile.

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