International Drivers License for Sicily

Old Jul 25th, 2017, 01:58 AM
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International Drivers License for Sicily

I am unclear as to the necessity of an International Drivers License for Sicily. With a valid US license I would not normally bother for Italy and many other places.
Has anyone had experience in this matter? Is it a "legal" requirement to have one or is it just a matter of choice/convenience in case one has to deal with a situation?
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 02:11 AM
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All of Italy requires that you carry a translation of your US state-issued driver's license, and there is no exemption for the region of Sicily. Italian police can't be expected to recognize the validity of 50 different kinds of licenses. The simplest way to get a certified translation of your license is to get an International Driver's Permit from AAA.

I was flagged down by police while driving in rural Sardegna by local police who were training a new officer. I was asked to produce all documents required to drive legally in Italy: my passport, my valid state driver's license and a certified translation of that license. Perhaps the local police would have been delighted to give their new rookie a lesson in what to do with a foreigner who is breaking the law. Never found out.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 02:12 AM
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It's either a legal requirement or it's not. It's a legal requirement in Italy (whether you might bother or not), so I might presume it's one for Sicily, but the only way to know is to check the official website of the embassy. If it's a legal requirement and you don't have it and you get stopped by the police or are in an accident, bad stuff can ensue.

And it's not a license, it's a permit (IDP). You can substitute an officially sanctioned translation of your regulaar driver's license, as that is all it amounts to, but that would cost you more than the IDP.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 03:12 AM
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http://www.autoeurope.com/go/interna...ense-in-italy/

It is a permit, not a licence. You can get it fro your local automobile association You don't have to be a member to get one.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 03:23 AM
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It let's the poor Italian cop understand what your license means in his language. If he needs to read it he will also need to enter loads of stuff in his computer and he wants it to be right and easy to do.

So, not unreasonable to help him.

And it's the law.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 03:25 AM
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Sicily is in Italy. If you know something is a law in Italy, you don't need to check with the embassy to find out if it's the law in Sicily. That's as absurd as calling Washington DC to find out if you need a Social Security number to get Social Security in Hawaii.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 05:34 AM
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>>With a valid US license I would not normally bother for Italy and many other places.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 05:44 AM
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You need to bring your license as well as the IDP, which is only a translation, not the document itself.

I hear some car rental companies in Italy are asking for the IDP now.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 06:03 AM
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Janisj where I live BCAA charges in the neighborhood of $75 but I agree it is a wise expenditure.
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sundreidtopepo - it states on BCAA's website that the cost is $25 (Canadian dollars).

IDP requirements
Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
Photocopy (front and back) of a valid Canadian driver's license
Two passport type photos (available at any BCAA Service Location)
Pay the $25 fee

https://www.bcaa.com/trip-planning/i...driving-permit
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 06:53 AM
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Oh -- yes -- I should have clarified the $15 is at AAA in the US . . . but now I notice they have raised that to $20.
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Jamikins well I wonder why we paid so much. I'll have to look into that...
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And we have been asked by a rental car company for our IDP (I think it was Sixt)
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 08:27 AM
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So, correct amount we paid $79.12 cdn for 2 IDP's but that included the passport photo which was taken at BCAA, and tax. That was 3 years ago.

Still, I think that is a significant enough amount that I wouldn't buy an IDP IF it wasn't necessary.
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>>Still, I think that is a significant enough amount that I wouldn't buy an IDP IF it wasn't necessary.
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It's legally required, it costs pennies, why would you run the risk of encountering a police officer who insists on enforcing the law?

Without an IDP you won't be driving legally in Italy. This could have significant effects if the merda encounters the air conditioning.
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janisj Yes, that is undisputed, glad the OP could get that cleared up.
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 04:28 PM
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If the cost of a passport photo taken at the local AAA / BCAA office seems prohibitive, my advice would be to look for a different option for the photo.
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