Obtaining an International Driving Permit

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International Driving Permit

Obtaining an International Driving Permit

Interested in picking up an International Driving Permit? This special license is recognized all over the world, allowing you to drive vehicles pretty much anywhere.

With the permit you can rent a car or motorcycle in places like Argentina, Egypt, Thailand, etc. Or maybe you decide to head out on a road trip with your new friends from Romania. You don’t want to skip- out on your share of the driving, do you?

With an International Driving Permit, you won’t get screwed when the local police decide to pull you over because you’re a foreigner. Without it, you could get hit with ridiculous fines or bribe payments.

Step 1

Remember when I showed you how to make your own passport photos? Take two of them down to your local neighborhood AAA Location, fill out a form, and pay $15.

Step 2

Actually, that was the only step.

Really. You don’t have to do anything else. You’ll walk out with your new International Drivers Permit 10 minutes later. No strange tests for how to drive on the opposite side of the road, nothing.

You are now licensed to operate a vehicle in virtually any country in the world. :)

The permit has pages which translate it into 10 different languages.

Do You Need an International Driver’s License?

That depends. Many countries are ok with just seeing your local drivers license (Mexico, Europe, etc.). But not all of them. So it depends on where you are going to travel to. If you think you may rent or drive a vehicle while traveling abroad, I’d pick up a copy just to be safe.

At the very least, you’ll now have an extra form of picture identification. You can never have enough of those in my opinion.

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