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Is an Int'l driving permit needed to rent cars in turkey?

Old Aug 30th, 2010, 01:00 AM
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Is an Int'l driving permit needed to rent cars in turkey?

Have been planning to rent a car (through economycarrentals or autoeurope) but only tonight thought to ask if a IDP is needed. Anyone know?
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 01:56 AM
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According to the State Highway department of Turkey, an IDP is not required for renting and/or driving a car in Turkey.

You must have a drivers licence which has your photograph.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 04:00 AM
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True, but recommended for anyone with a 'photocard licence'. For me, I would spend the $23 dollars at AAA for Permit and photo and have a bit of information in their language. Richard
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 06:12 AM
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I was there in 2007 and was not asked for one.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 06:44 AM
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We just secured IDP's for Turkey. The AAA listed Turkey as one country that recognizes them. We just thought it may be like Spain, you do not need one unless stopped by the police, then it could be a problem.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 07:59 AM
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Adu, i do not mind if you do not believe me but I am sorry that you do not respect the website of the Turkish Government regarding the regulations on drivers licences. LOL

Maybe you should also make sure to bring your marriage certificate translated into Turkish by a sworn translator, notarized and attested by the closest Turkish consulate, just in case the Turkish police tell you that you cannot stay in the same room with your wife in a hotel unless you produce a valid marriage certificate. because i am sure that somewhere there is a mention that marriage cerificates are recognized in Turkey if you go through the necessary procedures
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 08:01 AM
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Adu - It would be easier to leave your wife at home.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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O.K., we rented cars with our Turkish drivers licences and no IDL and drove in both Spain and Italy because we were ignorant. We were also lucky that we were never stopped, although i could not help but step slightly on the breaks couple of times on the left lane when someone started to tailgate me when the lane to my right was full, forcing them to wobble and curse, in Spanish, i guess.

However, i did my homework last year regarding the requirements in Turkey, and i have the priviledge to understand and make sense of Turkish laws and regulations, having lived with my family and friends in this country.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 08:31 AM
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I was stopped (you'll pass a few places where the police have set up traffic cones and flag down random cars) on our trip to Turkey in May. The police were satisfied with my US driver's license and the rental car's registration.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 08:48 AM
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What? and they did not ask you for your marriage certificate?
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Where were you two weeks ago when we secured our IDP's?

I say we storm the nearest AAA office and demand they take Turkey off the list of countries that need IDP's.
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When we took our first trip to Spain, Franco was still alive and we carried a copy of our marriage certificate because A. We did not believe we were married and B. neither would he because we use two different last names.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 09:38 AM
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Adu, please do not leave your regular drivers licence at home, because that is what the car rental people and any police will want to see.

Also please do not take cold seriously and leave your wife at home. also tell yor wife that she should not judge him by these faulty passes. what he did was a Freudian underwear.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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There are cases in Turkey, however remote, where an IDP is compulsory. In most other cases it is recommended. See for yourself. Richard http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice...y-country.html
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 10:01 AM
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I had all intentions of bringing my NY driver's license. I also always carry a miniature NYPD captain's shield that a friend gave me.

I think Cold meant it. My wife hates Canadians because I am a hockey fan and she blames Canada for all our marital problems.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 10:27 AM
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That aa website (which is British, not the Turkey govt) clearly states that an IDP is not compulsory in Turkey unless you have a driver's license without a photo.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 11:46 AM
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The website also says a UK drivers licence is acceptable. Maybe other country nationals could get a UK drivers licence instead of an IDP before coming to Turkey.

Adu, i left my hockey days in Denver in 1972, and since our marriage in 1978 my only sports spectatoring is .....
She will not even let me spell it.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Adu, my wife decided to do the antalya, Camyuvasi trip with some friends to join a radio program group, leaving me alone on October 28, and coming back on the 31st.
Let me know your hotel by PM, both before you take off to the country and for your return.

also say Hi to Carrie at Canada Hotel in Cirali.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 12:34 PM
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We will say hello to Carrie for you.

We will be in Istanbul from Oct 29 to Nov.5. I will have my laptop and will contact you.

Thank you.
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