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Canadians Won't Need International Drivers License

Updated: 19 Feb 2013 02:14:31 AM

A Florida law requiring non-US drivers to obtain an international driving permit to operate a vehicle in the state came into effect on January 1st, 2013.

This applies both to privately owned vehicles and vehicle rentals.

However, state authorities have reported that they will defer enforcement on this law as it pertains to Canadian drivers due to obvious reasons.

The driving rules between the US and Canada are so similar that many are believe that Canadians should be explicitly exempt from the law.

Amendment

Officials in Florida are in fact working on an amendment that would allow the use of foreign driver’s licenses if they are written in English, allowing Canadians to forego obtaining an international license.

Summer 2013 is the earliest possible date that the law can be amended as the Florida legislature will not meet until March.

The passage of this new law took many by surprise, including the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), and left many Canadians with Florida vacations in the works scrambling to obtain an international license.

Despite the fact that the Florida Highway Patrol has assured Canadians that they will not be cracking down on them, Canadian officials have recommended that anyone planning on driving in Florida obtain an international license anyway to err on the side of caution.

International-Driver-License

They can easily be obtained through the Canadian Automobile Association at a cost of $25.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a valid Canadian driver’s license to be eligible.

By Marie Ospina

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