International Drivers License

Dec 1st, 2000, 01:49 AM
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Paige
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International Drivers License

Has anyone gotten one from IDL International in Houston, TX? The cost is about $55 for a 5 year license. Thanks!
 
Dec 1st, 2000, 03:16 AM
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It sounds like a major rip-off to me. Understand there is no such thing as an international drivers "license." There are International Drivers Permits (which are translations into several languages that say, in general, you are a licensed driver and contain pertinent infromation contained on your license). Few, if any, car rental companies require or even accept IDPs; some, but not many, governments impose hard-to-enforce, somewhat vague, requirements for drivers to have IDPs. You can get an IDP from American Automobile Associations for $10 plus photos. It's "good" for 1 year. Why would you pay $55 for 5 years for something that is certainly no more valuable and may be worthless.
 
Dec 4th, 2000, 03:53 AM
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I think we're talking about the same thing. Here's their website: http://www.fastidl.com/
I've read a lot about IDLs and it seems there are many opinions on whether or not they're necessary. I travel a lot so I thought it would be a good idea to get one, just incase. I know that AAA offers them, but I don't live in the states. I'm considering this company because they make it very easy, so I'd rather pay an extra $5 than have to deal with it next time I'm in the states.
So, back to my original question...has anyone done business with them? Thanks!
 
Dec 4th, 2000, 11:09 AM
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I have rented cars in several countries with nothing but a California license, but that brings up an important point-- DON'T LEAVE YOUR LICENSE AT HOME!!! I spaced out and thought that my passport would be my ID, and foolishly left my drivers license in the US. We were fine so long as we were with friends, but had deep regrets when we weren't able to rent a car on our own.

Even if you decide to get the international license I would still advise bringing your permanent license just in case.
 
Dec 4th, 2000, 11:26 AM
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wes fowler
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Paige,
An International drivers license (which translates your current license into a number of languages) is available for $10.00 plus the cost of two passport photos,from the AAA. You don't need to be a member of AAA to secure one. Issuance is immediate. Your existing license is necessary and sufficient to satisfy any auto rental agency; few will ask you for the International license. The international license is handy to have in the event you are stopped by police who are not proficient in English. In the event of accident or incident that may prompt the police to confiscate your license, you can surrender the international license while retaining your actual license. There is absolutely no reason to secure an IDL International license at the exhorbitant price of $55.00.
 
Dec 5th, 2000, 12:10 AM
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I believe AAA offers the license/permit for $10 for 1 year. This company offers 5 years for $55 or fewer years for less money. That's basically the same price as AAA.
AAA may issue them on the spot but I don't live in the U.S. I've read about the IDL and since I travel a lot, thought it would be a good idea. I just wanted to know if anyone had used this company.
 
Dec 8th, 2000, 06:29 AM
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Dont waste your money. Unnecessary - a French translation of your license is all you will get. International permits are not required in Western Europe. Cannot speak for Eastern Europe whereyou may need a visa. Carry some extra passport photos if you are considering a trip to the east. International license requirements are garbage and border on being a scam! Just read ANY book from the countries you will may be visiting and they will advise of the requirement for a "valid" US drivers license.
 
Dec 8th, 2000, 08:44 AM
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Hi,
I have an IDL, but when travelling to Europe my American license was valid enough. Although, it was only $10 from AAA. The only country that wanted to see it was Switzerland! Good luck, I really don't think you need it.
 
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