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Old 02-12-2013, 03:39 PM   #61
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Not sure if this has already been mentioned however I contacted the US Embassy today who told me that CURRENTLY there was no requirement for an English Licence holder to apply for one.

However they expect that to change this year 'at some point'.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:17 AM   #62
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Not sure if this has already been mentioned however I contacted the US Embassy today who told me that CURRENTLY there was no requirement for an English Licence holder to apply for one.

However they expect that to change this year 'at some point'.
The US Embassy are/were not aware of the change in law, this is the problem. The law was changed 1st Jan but they didn't tell anyone. Chances are you can go on holiday, collect a car, even get stopped by police and no-one will say anything about an IDP but if you come across the wrong police office they have the right to imprison you or at least give you a citation to appear in court.
The story will possibly be hitting the newspaper travel pages this weekend.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:43 AM   #63
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Having read this entire thread, I wouldn't take any chances, especially when you don't have to pay more than £5.50 for IDP.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:15 AM   #64
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such a potential adverse impact on tourism in the world's biggest tourist destination could have got this far without someone highlighting the issue.
"advrse impact" is a bit strong

This has little impact.

Consider all Europe, and all European visitors to the US/Florida.
All of those except the UK where already (more or less) required to get an IDP (or it was strongly recommanded)
This only really changes things for those who already have a license written in English.(and I agree it serves no purpose)
It also has little impact on the tourist, since it's only a £5.5 cost. The main issue here being the access to the IDP issuing offices. (for example here we can fill the form in over the internet, and our license is to be picked up at the city/town hall free of charge a few days later)

If you think about impact, think about the ESTAs, now $14 and replacing the I94 we used to need to fill while onboard the plane.

What I think, is that they (Florida Senate) underestimated the uproar it would cause in the UK.
And it's easy to understand why. As the statutes stood, the LEOs could ask to see an IDP (translation) if the License was not in English, and they could not figure out what was on the license.
so the change only resides in the fact that the statuses gave an exception to Englsh written licenses.
Now they make the law apply to everybody even if it's ludicrous in this case...

But impact ... I'm not sure, it's just some other paperwork you'll need.

Now what I agree upon with some posters, is that it will probably require a tourist to be sent to jail before it really hits the fan.

Because, to be honest, right now, given the "low" impact it has on tourism (UK visitors are a sizeable portion of visitors, but still remain a small quantity over non english speaking visitors) publicizing is not a priority

let's move so that it becomes a priority and I guess it starts in places like here where we inform our fellow WDW lovers.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:08 AM   #65
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I'm in Florida now, I hired a car, showed my photo ID driving licence and wasn't asked about the international driving licence.

In fact I've hired a car 5 times and never shown my paper licence.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:28 PM   #66
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does anyone know if the post office issue it there and then or do they post it to you? we fly next friday!
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does anyone know if the post office issue it there and then or do they post it to you? we fly next friday!
The post Office issue it on the spot.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:18 PM   #68
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Have been reading more about this. Just for people's information. You must apply not more than 3 months in advance.

Not remotely pertinent how many times you might not have been asked for one before given this law came into force on January 1st 2013......
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #69
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My sister works at the post office head office and, rumour is from up top, that the price of this will be going up quite drastically following this change in the law.

Looks like you can't purchase more than 3 months before you travel, but probably worth getting ASAP if you can.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:26 PM   #70
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Also forgot to say. Not every post office can issue them. For anyone taking the sensible approach of just getting on with getting one, I would suggest you go to the AA website for clear advice so you know how to go about this. Hope that helps some people
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You must apply not more than 3 months in advance.
What does it matter how far in advance you apply as long as it is valid when you travel?
I don't go until July but planning on picking one up tommorrrow anyway...who knows, I might suddenly be tempted by a cheap fare in April
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What does it matter how far in advance you apply as long as it is valid when you travel?
I don't go until July but planning on picking one up tommorrrow anyway...who knows, I might suddenly be tempted by a cheap fare in April
It matters because its part of the law. It will not be valid if older than three months old but when you get yours is up to you of course. It will just be a waste of £5.50 if its older than 3 months. Your money.
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I thought they are valid for a year?
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We travel the day after tomorrow, and as the only places that issue these things are a few major City Centre Post Offices, and I don't live or work anywhere near any of them, I can't actually get to one before then!

Talk about a shambles, someone in the FL state legislature has misunderstood the actual purpose of the IDP's (i.e. they are meant to offer a translation of the wording of an otherwise-valid driving license if you are travelling in a country where that language is not spoken).

The problem is, it may be a bad law but as no-one noticed the error in time, it's still the law.

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It matters because its part of the law. It will not be valid if older than three months old but when you get yours is up to you of course. It will just be a waste of £5.50 if its older than 3 months. Your money.
Really? So I will need yet another one for my October trip?
Don't doubt you, but could you point me in the direction of that particular piece of legislation please?
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