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International Drivers Permit Needed?  
User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

Hello All,

Will be renting a car in Zurich later this week and have just realized I may need an international drivers permit to show at the rental desk!

I am renting from Europcar at Kloten.. any thoughts??

I hold a US (Florida) license.

Thanks so much!


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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3292 times:
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An international driver's permit is generally not required in Switzerland, if your original license is written in a language that can be understood. English is obviously not a problem. Now with a Chinese-only license I would have it translated just to make sure...

Have fun in Zurich!



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5126 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3279 times:

good point - i keep meaning to look into this. I am heading to the states in October, and was thinking of hiring a car. I assume therefore I wont need an international license, my Uk license will be sufficient?


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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3272 times:
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Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 2):
I am heading to the states in October, and was thinking of hiring a car. I assume therefore I wont need an international license, my Uk license will be sufficient?

My Swiss license was accepted in Canada, and friends of mine who went to the US didn't have any problems either. I guess that "international license" thing is obsolete by now - unless what's written on your license isn't easily understandable. But YMMV.



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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3702 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3264 times:
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Quoting ManuCH (Reply 3):
international license" thing is obsolete by now - unless what's written on your license isn't easily understandable. But YMMV.

If you drive in the UAE with out an international license and get caught you will be hurting. One of my co-workers was fined for it.



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User currently offlineFridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3241 times:
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Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 4):
If you drive in the UAE with out an international license and get caught you will be hurting. One of my co-workers was fined for it.

I thought International Driver's licenses were not used anymore.

How can a US citizen get an International License?

Thanks,

F



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3233 times:
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Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 4):
If you drive in the UAE with out an international license and get caught you will be hurting. One of my co-workers was fined for it.

I guess it depends on who implements the rules. A colleague of mine was in Dubai last week and rented a car with his Swiss license. He was never stopped by police, so we can't verify if he would have had any trouble or not... but one could at least hope that the car rental company would warn him and/or not give him the car.



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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3764 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3227 times:



Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 5):
How can a US citizen get an International License?

In Sweden, one can obtain one from the national motoring association, Motormännen. Perhaps AAA can be of help in the US?

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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3218 times:



Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 5):
How can a US citizen get an International License?



Quoting Doona (Reply 7):
Perhaps AAA can be of help in the US?

 checkmark  You get them at a AAA office.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13033 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

Here is a link to the webpage as to getting a IDL in the USA via the AAA.
http://www.aaa.com/Vacation/idpf.html

Don't forget that IDL's are just a certification of the information on your home State drivers license, they are NOT a substitute for a State issued license, it is just to offer a convenience to police officers anywhere who may not know your native language.
If there is any doubt that an IDL may be needed to rent a car, check with the website of the rental car company.


User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3149 times:

Thanks all for the advice!

The Europcar site says this:


What documents do I need to present at the Europcar counter when I pick up my car ?

1) your normal driving licence, issued by your country of residence and held for a minimum period according to local legislation or conditions. It will be requested at every rental. In addition to your normal Driving Licence, your International Driving Licence is also mandatory if your driving licence is written in a language different to the one of the renting country and/or in characters that can not be read in the renting country. Note that your International Driving Licence is valid only if accompanied by your normal Driving Licence. Driving Licences must be valid in the country of rental.



I assume my English language license will suffice?



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User currently offlineCzbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 971 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3141 times:



Quoting IFLYMCO (Reply 10):
In addition to your normal Driving Licence, your International Driving Licence is also mandatory if your driving licence is written in a language different to the one of the renting country....



Quoting IFLYMCO (Reply 10):
I assume my English language license will suffice?

Florida: English.
Switzerland: French, German, Italian, Swiss.

I would assume nothing of the sort and take an IDL 'just in case'.


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3136 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 2):
good point - i keep meaning to look into this. I am heading to the states in October, and was thinking of hiring a car. I assume therefore I wont need an international license, my Uk license will be sufficient?

Gavin, when I rented a car at IND earlier this year, I had to show my Driving License, Credit Card and passport, that's all.  Smile



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3136 times:



Quoting Czbbflier (Reply 11):
Switzerland: French, German, Italian, Swiss.

Switzerland's 4th language is called Romansh.



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3129 times:
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Quoting IFLYMCO (Reply 10):
In addition to your normal Driving Licence, your International Driving Licence is also mandatory if your driving licence is written in a language different to the one of the renting country and/or in characters that can not be read in the renting country.



Quoting Czbbflier (Reply 11):
Florida: English.
Switzerland: French, German, Italian, Swiss.

The Swiss Driving License has the text written in English as well. If you want to get an IDL just to make sure, go ahead, but by experience so far it isn't necessary: English is well understood in Switzerland, especially in Zurich.



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User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3089 times:



Quoting ManuCH (Reply 14):
The Swiss Driving License has the text written in English as well. If you want to get an IDL just to make sure, go ahead, but by experience so far it isn't necessary: English is well understood in Switzerland, especially in Zurich.

Thanks ManuCH! I know the Swiss license has English as well hence my assumption above.

Your help is much appreciated!!



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3023 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 2):

Depends on the state I think. I can drive legally in Florida and New York for sometime on my license. Been some years since I have heard about an international driver's license.



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User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1362 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2999 times:



Quoting IFLYMCO (Reply 15):
Thanks ManuCH! I know the Swiss license has English as well hence my assumption above.

Nevertheless Alamo in DEN wanted to see my International Driving License next to my Swiss one this June and also verified its validity. My girlfriend's - non English text - Luxembourgish license was accepted without validating the IDL, though she put it on the table. Didn't quite understand that.

To the TS: if you have an AAA office nearby, get one just in case, costs you maybe 15 bucks. Better safe than sorry would be my advice  Smile.

Sigi



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