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International Driving Permit

Written By: Gary on September 25, 2008 2 Comments

I got my International Driving Permit today. international driving permitpermit insideIt’s a boring slightly-larger-than passport sized booklet. It’s $15 at AAA (no membership required) bring 2 passport-type photos if you have them, they’ll charge more if they need to take your photo. If you go in they make it up and you take it with you; you can mail in for it also (a list of the 180+ “participating” countries are on the application form). Make sure they check all your endorsements on the form before you leave; they forgot to check my motorcycle endorsement (I noticed before I left).

When you travel you still need to keep your driver’s license with you. This is just an official document with your info copied to a specific page and then the key to that page is translated into 11 different languages so whomever pulls you over can figure it out.

Sorry, the photos are a little blurry, I took them with my webcam, but you should get the idea; besides they’re official documents I shouldn’t be posting hi-res copies, right?

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2 Responses to “International Driving Permit”

  1. kilax says on: 25 September 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Do most/all countries recognize it?

  2. Gary LaPointe says on: 25 September 2008 at 3:31 pm

    There is a list on the application form on click my above like for the mail-in application (I updated the above to say that). It’s a pretty long list.

    But I’d think even if they don’t recognize it, a cop might give you an easier time if they can figure out what it means from the additional forms. (maybe?)

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