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Posted: 14 February 2013 at 1:59pm | IP Logged Quote Ray n Sarah

  New Information to provide to Guests:

USA (Florida) compulsory IDP – 1 January 2013

A law introduced in Florida, USA, on 1 January 2013 requires all persons who hold a licence issued outside of the US to carry an International Driving Permit along with their national driving licence.

Without an IDP, a driver is therefore driving without a valid licence. If stopped, law enforcement has the options of:

  • Arresting the driver and taking them to jail
  • Or giving the driver a citation with a mandatory court appearance



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Posted: 14 February 2013 at 7:10pm | IP Logged Quote LindaTinks

 
We had an email on Tuesday from our car hire company advising us of this. We fly out in 2 weeks so need to get them sorted asap. Our nearest Post Office is Leeds which is about 15 miles away. A bit annoying when our driving licences are in English anyway.

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Posted: 15 February 2013 at 3:14pm | IP Logged Quote Ray n Sarah

Linda,

We did ours this morning in Cheltenham, Gloucester where the Crown Post Office is does not do them....

The process was easy, and quick although I have to say it just seems to be a way to print money, IDP was completed by the counter staff, very efficient.

The only painful part was the £5 for passport photos that are required and the £5.50 fee...


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Posted: 15 February 2013 at 4:00pm | IP Logged Quote miller

  I asked today at our main post office, they didnt do it, they said WH Smith in town, the RAC, OR AA.
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Posted: 15 February 2013 at 4:01pm | IP Logged Quote manateevillas

 Just received the following update...

Further information regarding IDP

Charter Travel have been advised by ABTA that the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, suspended the state’s recently enacted International Driving Permit requirement pending further study. International visitors who plan to drive in Florida now need only a valid driver’s license issued from their own country (both parts if applicable) and the a major credit card.

Here is the full statement from DHSMV:

During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida Legislature amended section 322.04, Florida Statutes, to require visitors from outside the United States to have an International Driving Permit in order to drive lawfully in Florida. This change took effect Jan. 1, 2013.

It has come to the Department’s attention that this requirement may violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949), an international treaty to which the United States is a signatory. Treaties to which the United States is a party pre-empt state laws in conflict with them.

Therefore, the Florida Highway Patrol will defer enforcement of violations of the amended statutory section until a final determination of the alignment of the amendment with the treaty can be made. Non-resident visitors to Florida who wish to drive while here will be required to have in their immediate possession a valid driver license issued in his or her name from another state or territory of the U.S. or from their country of residence. However, the FHP will not take enforcement action based solely on the lack of an International Driving Permit. The FCO have updated their travel advice to reflect this. Please see below:

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The State of Florida has suspended enforcement of a recently introduced driving law requiring non-resident drivers to be in possession of an International Driving Permit and a UK driving licence. Following the change, a valid UK driving licence, or licence issued by another foreign government or US State, is the only requirement for driving a car in Florida.

View the travel advice in full here: www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/north-centra l-america/united-states

Please could you keep a vigilant watch on the ABTA and foreign office website for future updates as we will not be communicating further information regarding the permits.

Sounds like it's all back to normal...

John

 

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Posted: 15 February 2013 at 4:17pm | IP Logged Quote Ray n Sarah

John,

We just received the same mail, guess I can just put the £21.00 I'm out of pocket down to experience....

At least I can look forward to the Florida sunshine in 4 wks.....


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Posted: 15 February 2013 at 8:11pm | IP Logged Quote LindaTinks

 
Glad I got my email before I purchased ours.

Picked this up on a Canadian site - so will include UK visitors too when they sort it out -

Kirsten Olsen-Doolan, a spokesperson for the Florida DMV, "I don't think anyone was honestly tuned into it until some British folks started asking about it, and then you guys started asking about it,"

The new legislation wasn't intended to inconvenience or upset anyone, she said, adding “we love our Canadians and we want you to come visit!"

Lawmakers didn't take into account the fact that Canadian licences are already in English, and the department is now seeking "to make it clear that a license already written in English would be acceptable," she said.

However, the earliest that change could happen would have been March, when the next legislative session begins.


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