Canadian Drivers Require International Drivers License, Florida

This one will certainly be of interest to our Canadian buddies currently traveling in Florida. The state passed a new law in January that says we now need an international driving permit to drive in Florida.
No problem I said, where do I go to get one? Apparently I need to go back to Canada, but I better not drive out of Florida to do it.
Apparently Florida legislators will clarify the law in their next session to exclude those of us that have a license printed in English, but we’ll all be home by then.
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6 thoughts on “Canadian Drivers Require International Drivers License, Florida

  1. Somebody is looking at a cash cow on this one at $25 a pop to CAA for a piece of paper. 3.3 million travellers in 2011… $82,500,000 later if everyone needed one.

  2. Hey, can I use my Austrian driver’s license? Oh wait, that’s even worse than Canadian. Maybe they just should have said “French Canadian”, and left it at that…
    I have other words, but this is a family blog, so I’ll refrain.

  3. .

    Does that mean Florida drivers need some sort of international permit when we cross in Canada ? !


  4. Later yesterday afternoon, the big deal is over when Florida released the following:During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida Legislature amended section 322.04, Florida Statutes, to require visitors from outside the United States to have an International Driving Permit in order to drive lawfully in Florida. This change took effect Jan. 1, 2013.
    It has come to the Department’s attention that this requirement may violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949), an international treaty to which the United States is a signatory. Treaties to which the United States is a party preempt state laws in conflict with them.
    Therefore, the Florida Highway Patrol will defer enforcement of violations of the amended statutory section until a final determination of the alignment of the amendment with the treaty can be made. Non-resident visitors to Florida who wish to drive while here will be required to have in their immediate possession a valid driver license issued in his or her name from another state or territory of the U.S. or from their country of residence. However, the FHP will not take enforcement action based solely on the lack of an International Driving Permit

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