International Driver's License - needed?

Old Apr 27th, 2004, 05:39 PM
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International Driver's License - needed?

I'm leaving for Germany in a few days and don't have one of these? How important is having one? The closest AAA office is about 100 miles away.
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Old Apr 27th, 2004, 05:45 PM
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It's a Permit, not a License, and it's basically just a translation of your real license, useful for dealing with authorities who can't comprehend English. Required in Italy , not sure about Germany. Try asking AAA if there's some way to do it long-distance -- perhaps faxing them a copy of your license?
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I got an international driving permit for a trip to Italy from AAA. They take your picture and paste it into a document. From what I understand, it's not required, but could perhaps help if you were to get pulled over for a driving offense. How likely that is to happen is one question. Second is how lenient would a policeman be to an obvious tourist. probably depends on what the offense is. If it's 100 miles each way to get it...I wouldn't bother! Trish
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Old Apr 27th, 2004, 05:49 PM
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It is required for Italy and Austria, NOT for Germany. Not to worry...
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Old Apr 27th, 2004, 05:56 PM
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The IDP is not required if you are only driving in Germany. It is a requirement if driving in Austria. I always have one just in case I get the urge to cross the border into Austria. NOT required for Germany... Ben
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StCirq,
What about France?

I don't have one and am not sure when I will have time to get one between now and my trip! (AAA is not open on weekends here)
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Old Apr 27th, 2004, 06:08 PM
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Nope, CarolA, not for France, either. As far as I know, it's only Italy and Austria - maybe Spain but will have to check that out. France, definitely NOT.
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Old Apr 27th, 2004, 06:12 PM
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Thanks,
I do have an old one for Italy around here someplace, but....

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