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Topic: International Driving Permit
Username: Airportugal310
Posted 2010-05-24 09:44:16 and read 1795 times.

Have a question about IDP's (International Driving Permits):

Planning on renting a car in Portugal come August, but have a valid US Driver's License. Do I need to have an IDP, or would it just be good practice to have one?

Thanks!

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: ACDC8
Posted 2010-05-24 09:57:49 and read 1759 times.

No, I don't think you need one. An IDP doesn't permit you to do anything more than your current US licence does while driving in a foreign country. All it is, is a translation booklet that shows what kind of licence and restrictions you may have into various languages and are not required to have.

Not sure about driving in Portugal with a US licence, but I'm assuming its pretty well the same with driving in the rest of Europe with a Canadian licence which you can do for 6 months.

I used to get one but then I realized it was just a waste of $25.

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: 474218
Posted 2010-05-24 10:02:34 and read 1749 times.

Quoting Airportugal310 (Thread starter):
Planning on renting a car in Portugal come August, but have a valid US Driver's License. Do I need to have an IDP, or would it just be good practice to have one?



They are not required. However, they are cheap and can be obtained from the AAA in just a few minutes. I got one before I moved to the UK, at the recommendation of my company, in the two years I was there never took of my briefcase,

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: TLG
Posted 2010-05-24 10:07:28 and read 1744 times.

I've rented cars in many different countries, mostly in Western Europe, but I've never been asked to show an IDP that I recall.

-TLG

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: LAXintl
Posted 2010-05-24 10:16:04 and read 1726 times.

The IDP is resultant from United Nations agreement and can be helpful to have one especially if you are stopped and the local police that don't believe or understand your license, or if you need a form of ID that is more easily recognized. (for example I've used one when purchasing a local telephone SIM card and did not have my passport on me)
As someone stated they are easy to get, simply drop by your local AAA.

Here is the application
http://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpapplc...ndefined&clb_id=undefined&secure=N

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: mt99
Posted 2010-05-24 10:23:46 and read 1714 times.

I rented a car in Lisbon last year drove it all way to Granada and back. Only with my US drivers license (and AMEX for insurance).

Never got stopped in either Portugal and Spain - so its hard to say if having a IDP would have been helpful or not.

I think i was the only person in the country that was driving the speed limit though  

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: Airportugal310
Posted 2010-05-24 10:24:10 and read 1713 times.

Thanks for answers folks.

I will probably just end up getting one for piece of mind...I can speak the language fluently but I don't particulatly want to be blindslided by anything while I am there

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: CPH-R
Posted 2010-05-24 10:39:03 and read 1692 times.

Keep in mind there's a couple of frauds and scams going around, involving companies that 'offer to help you' obtain an IDP, charging some ludicrous fees in the process.

As already said, getting it through the AAA is the right way to go  

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: Aesma
Posted 2010-05-24 10:44:19 and read 1688 times.

The IDP is if you plan to stay a while, I think. Not for vacation.

Also, keep in mind most rental cars are stick shift in Europe.

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: Airportugal310
Posted 2010-05-24 10:52:44 and read 1677 times.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 8):
Also, keep in mind most rental cars are stick shift in Europe.

Won't be an issue...I actually bothered to learn to drive one   

Actually, funny (or stupid?)...I bought a 2008 Nissan Sentra 6-sp manual back 2 years ago. I didnt know how to drive it, so my dad drove it home from the dealership for me   . Well, I had no choice but to learn to drive it THAT night because I had to go to work the next morning (near Boston!) in it.

In less than 24hrs, I learned to stop on a hill, accelerate on a hill without rolling into the car behind me, and drive in highway traffic   . If thats not learning the hard way, I dont know what is.

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: ACDC8
Posted 2010-05-24 10:58:31 and read 1668 times.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 8):
The IDP is if you plan to stay a while, I think. Not for vacation.

Although an IDP itself is "valid" for 1 year, it does not extend any driving privillages a foreigner may have in a different country.

The IDP is nothing more than a translation booklet showing your licence privllages/restrictions. Its just meant to make renting a car or traffic checks easier and quicker.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 8):
Also, keep in mind most rental cars are stick shift in Europe.

Thank God for that  

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: SOBHI51
Posted 2010-05-24 11:41:25 and read 1627 times.

I used my Saudi license to rent a car in the USA, did have an IDP with me but the agents on several occasions refused it and accepted the Saudi one. BTW all information on Saudi DL are in Arabic and English

Topic: RE: International Driving Permit
Username: ACDC8
Posted 2010-05-24 11:49:06 and read 1626 times.

When I moved to Germany, I bought and insured my car there without an IDP ... just used my Canadian licence and a fax from ICBC to prove that I have had insured cars in Canada.


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