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    3 Million Canadians visit Florida each year! Please Read!

    For Canadians driving in Florida, Not a joke!



    Ther is a new law in Florida that states:
    International Drivers must carry a International Driving Permit

    Only available at CAA cost is $25 + passport style photo

    Good for one year!


    See article:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013...ng_permit.html
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    I get:

    "Sorry, the page you were looking for is not available."
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    Quote Originally Posted by 32232 View Post
    I get:

    "Sorry, the page you were looking for is not available."
    You need a permit!
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    I'll withhold comment on the Florida law until I can read the article.

    An international driver's permit serves two purposes; to translate the basic information on a driver's licence into one of ten languages the signatory countries expect any police officer can understand and to outline what vehicles a person is to entitled to operate.

    As Canadian driver's licences are in English (except Quebec), there is a reasonable expectation that a Florida LEO would be able to understand one as well as any US out of state permit.
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    here is the long version.


    Toronto Star:
    This just in from the department of red tape you didnÔÇÖt know existed: Canadians are now required by law to have an international driving permit in addition to their regular licences when driving in Florida.

    The state law quietly came into effect on Jan. 1, but no one in the tourism industry really noticed until a British journalist called this week.

    ÔÇ£We realize that tourists will be an unintended side effect of this new law,ÔÇØ said Kathy Torian of Visit Florida, who just got the heads-up from ÔÇ£the folksÔÇØ at the state highway department. ÔÇ£WeÔÇÖre trying to help spread the word to the tourism community around the world as well as our own industry in Florida.ÔÇØ

    Millions of international visitors drive in Florida each year, and state legislators thought the international driving permit ÔÇö a standardized document that translates the licence details into 10 different languages ÔÇö would help law officers interpret foreign licences.

    The new law applies to any non-resident, including all those Canadians getting ready for March break.

    The Canadian Automobile Association, while recommending Florida-bound travellers obtain a permit, is urging the state to modify or waive the law for Canadians, who make up FloridaÔÇÖs top international tourism market. (More than three million Canucks visited last year.)

    ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs unclear at this point what the enforcement regime will be and whether the Florida authorities might reconsider this for Canadians,ÔÇØ said CAA spokesman Ian Jack. ÔÇ£For the time being, given that it is the law, you are better safe than sorry.ÔÇØ

    The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles confirmed it is looking to ÔÇ£clarify the lawÔÇØ so that English-language licences would be acceptable.

    The next legislative session begins in March, and the soonest any change might happen would be July 1, said spokeswoman Kirsten Olsen-Doolan, adding, ÔÇ£We love our Canadians.ÔÇØ

    Until the law is clarified, Canadian drivers found without the permit would technically be considered ÔÇ£driving without a valid licence,ÔÇØ she said.

    ÔÇ£Theoretically you could be arrested,ÔÇØ she explained. ÔÇ£Law enforcement officers use discretion, and if they pull you over because the tail light is out, most of them, as long as you conduct yourself appropriately and everything, probably would not choose to be super tough on you. But I canÔÇÖt speak for that, because there are 400 law enforcement agencies in Florida.ÔÇØ

    Georgetown resident Dianne Kayess, who plans to vacation in Orlando this March, learned of the law online.

    ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm not going down there to go to jail,ÔÇØ she said, noting she and her husband will likely get the permits, just to be safe.

    ÔÇ£My biggest concern is if we didnÔÇÖt have one and we were in an accident or got a speeding ticket or whatever, and the insurance company says, ÔÇÿYou were driving without a licence. WeÔÇÖre not going to cover the damage of your car,ÔÇÖ ÔÇØ she said.

    Canadians can pick up an IDP at a local CAA office for $25, plus the cost of passport photos. ItÔÇÖs valid for one year.

    Snowbirds already nestled in the sunshine state for the season must apply by mail, as the permits can only be issued in Canada.

    The new law applies to those renting cars as well, but Olsen-Doolan said she was unclear whether agencies would ask for the permit.

    The car rental industry itself is confused. At an Alamo outlet in Miami, the clerk hadnÔÇÖt heard of the law. Marlene Aziz, manager at Best Rate Car Rental in Kissimmee, also didnÔÇÖt know about it. ÔÇ£We ask about your licence and your passport, thatÔÇÖs it,ÔÇØ she said
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    Maybe(I doubt it) it will finally be possible to get a FL state park camp site on the hour the clock strikes eleven months prior to the next years winter camping season?
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