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Old July 22nd, 2004, 03:15 AM
devil
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On Wed, 21 Jul 2004 19:00:13 -0700, MattB wrote:

Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France to
have an International Drivers License?
Thanks!


No.

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Old July 22nd, 2004, 03:15 AM
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On Wed, 21 Jul 2004 19:00:13 -0700, MattB wrote:

Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France to
have an International Drivers License?
Thanks!


No.

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Old July 22nd, 2004, 04:03 AM
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MattB wrote:
Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France to
have an International Drivers License?
Thanks!


I usually get an International Driving Permit before going to Europe
whether I plan to drive or not. It is sometimes valuable as an extra
piece of security ID in lieu of leaving a passport. And it is reportedly
required for driving in some countries. When I'm stopped by a police
officer (hasn't happened in France) I show him the IDP along with my
drivers license, passport, car title, and insurance.

If you are driving in France for the first time my page at
http://www.enjoy-europe.com/hte/chap18/auto.htm can help get you up the
learning curve before you hit the road.

John Bermont

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Old July 22nd, 2004, 04:03 AM
John Bermont
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MattB wrote:
Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France to
have an International Drivers License?
Thanks!


I usually get an International Driving Permit before going to Europe
whether I plan to drive or not. It is sometimes valuable as an extra
piece of security ID in lieu of leaving a passport. And it is reportedly
required for driving in some countries. When I'm stopped by a police
officer (hasn't happened in France) I show him the IDP along with my
drivers license, passport, car title, and insurance.

If you are driving in France for the first time my page at
http://www.enjoy-europe.com/hte/chap18/auto.htm can help get you up the
learning curve before you hit the road.

John Bermont

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* * * Mastering Independent Budget Travel * * *
http://www.enjoy-europe.com/
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Old July 22nd, 2004, 09:51 AM
Mark Hewitt
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"MattB" wrote in message
om...
Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France to
have an International Drivers License?


An advantage not not necessary. And international licence will just provide
a translation of your US licence into French, nothing more, nothing less. So
if you get stopped by someone who doesn't speak English it might be good,
otherwise pointless.



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Old July 22nd, 2004, 09:51 AM
Mark Hewitt
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"MattB" wrote in message
om...
Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France to
have an International Drivers License?


An advantage not not necessary. And international licence will just provide
a translation of your US licence into French, nothing more, nothing less. So
if you get stopped by someone who doesn't speak English it might be good,
otherwise pointless.



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Old July 23rd, 2004, 02:12 PM
Owain
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"MattB" wrote
| Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France
| to have an International Drivers License?

No. An IDL is a worthless document.

It is *advisable* however to have an International Driver's *Permit*.

The IDP is a formal document which translates driving licence details into
several languages, enabling foreign authorities to interpret the entitlement
held, validity periods, age and identity of the holder.
(Explanatory note at
http://www.dvla.gov.uk/public/press_...03_14Apr03.htm
)

From Canadian Dept of Foreign Affairs website:
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/main/before/faq-en.asp#driving
Q: What are the additional advantages of using the IDP?
A: It provides the holder with an extra photo ID. Provides translation of
your valid Canadian Drivers licence since the IDP is printed in 10 languages
(English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, German, Arabic, Italian,
Scandinavian and Portuguese.) Most Car Rental agencies will request an IDP
even though one is not required to drive in their country.


Compared to the cost and inconvenience of being stopped by a jobsworth
police officer who decides to give you a hard time because your licence
isn't in French, it's probably a wise thing to have "just in case".

Owain


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Old July 23rd, 2004, 02:12 PM
Owain
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Default International Drivers License?

"MattB" wrote
| Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France
| to have an International Drivers License?

No. An IDL is a worthless document.

It is *advisable* however to have an International Driver's *Permit*.

The IDP is a formal document which translates driving licence details into
several languages, enabling foreign authorities to interpret the entitlement
held, validity periods, age and identity of the holder.
(Explanatory note at
http://www.dvla.gov.uk/public/press_...03_14Apr03.htm
)

From Canadian Dept of Foreign Affairs website:
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/main/before/faq-en.asp#driving
Q: What are the additional advantages of using the IDP?
A: It provides the holder with an extra photo ID. Provides translation of
your valid Canadian Drivers licence since the IDP is printed in 10 languages
(English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, German, Arabic, Italian,
Scandinavian and Portuguese.) Most Car Rental agencies will request an IDP
even though one is not required to drive in their country.


Compared to the cost and inconvenience of being stopped by a jobsworth
police officer who decides to give you a hard time because your licence
isn't in French, it's probably a wise thing to have "just in case".

Owain


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Old July 24th, 2004, 07:26 AM
B Vaughan
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On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 14:12:16 +0100, "Owain"
wrote:

"MattB" wrote
| Would it be advantageous for an American wanting to drive in France
| to have an International Drivers License?

No. An IDL is a worthless document.

It is *advisable* however to have an International Driver's *Permit*.


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