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Old 02-14-2013, 06:44 AM   #46
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I just saw a news flash from CP24.

it says, Florida Law now Requires Canadians to have International Driving Permit.

I guess everyone will know about it now.
680 news talked about it too...
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:23 AM   #47
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680 News is reporting this as of today. It must be true.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:46 AM   #48
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Ok ... I pay $25 to CAA to translate my English Drivers license into English. If CAA's website is accurate, Florida's law makes it impossible for Canadians to drive in Florida! Canadians need an IDP. CAA is the only authorized Canadian issuer. CAA issued IDPs are only valid outside North America! Sorry folks, but something doesn't add up here. This just doesn't add up.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:50 AM   #49
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more here ...

http://www.680news.com/2013/02/14/ca...riving-permit/
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Ok ... I pay $25 to CAA to translate my English Drivers license into English. If CAA's website is accurate, Florida's law makes it impossible for Canadians to drive in Florida! Canadians need an IDP. CAA is the only authorized Canadian issuer. CAA issued IDPs are only valid outside North America! Sorry folks, but something doesn't add up here. This just doesn't add up.
Ted My hubby feels the same way! Can't understand why it would only be CAA for one and for two, how can the instate a law without giving people time to do it. What about people that have been snowbirding there?
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:15 AM   #51
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Ok ... I pay $25 to CAA to translate my English Drivers license into English. If CAA's website is accurate, Florida's law makes it impossible for Canadians to drive in Florida! Canadians need an IDP. CAA is the only authorized Canadian issuer. CAA issued IDPs are only valid outside North America! Sorry folks, but something doesn't add up here. This just doesn't add up.
I thought I read that too! But it was late when this thread got started last night so thought I had read it wrong!
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:20 AM   #52
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Also we don't have cable to see any news.
I haven't seen anything on news sites I frequent or on the radio.
I did a 'dummy' booking on Avis and there was NO mention of this in the process at all.
It's going to be crazy down there! Wait 'til something like a vacationer taking their grandchildren to Disney gets jailed...then we'll hear about it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:23 AM   #53
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Haha!
Just went to cbc.ca for daily news and there is this banner...
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Canadians now need int'l licence to drive in Florida
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This whole fiasco is so ridiculous! This has finally made it to the news media this morning. They interviewed a spokesperson from the CAA on the radio Newstalk 1010 this morning and car rental companies in Florida were not even aware of the new law effective Jan 1 until a couple of days ago. It is the new law as confirmed by the CAA spokesperson this morning and an IDP is required. The CAA is lobbying gov't officials in Florida to get an exemption from the law for the millions of Canadians that travel to Florida each year. It's also in The Toronto Star this morning.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013...ng_permit.html
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:05 AM   #55
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The CAAs will all be busy today!!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:19 AM   #56
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Wait. Someone mentioned IDP is only valid outside north America??

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And why can only CAA issue this??? It just says on the website its not valid in Canada. But someone else brought up a good point. The CAA isn't a govt body but can issue drivers licenses?

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Yes, Valid outside of North America. That is what it says on the following site(s):

http://www.bcaa.com/trip-planning/in...driving-permit
http://www.licensingoffice.com/Drive...alLicence.html
http://www.privatervparking.com/inte...ng-permit.html
http://www.visaservicescanada.ca/IDL.php

Note: CAA appears to be actively changing the wording!
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And why can only CAA issue this??? It just says on the website its not valid in Canada. But someone else brought up a good point. The CAA isn't a govt body but can issue drivers licenses?

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It isn't a license, it is a "permit". BIG difference.
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Yes, Valid outside of North America. That is what it says on the following site(s):

http://www.bcaa.com/trip-planning/in...driving-permit
http://www.licensingoffice.com/Drive...alLicence.html
http://www.privatervparking.com/inte...ng-permit.html
http://www.visaservicescanada.ca/IDL.php

Note: CAA appears to be actively changing the wording!
Yes, our CAA site says this:

"IDP's issued by CAA are only valid outside North America with the exception of IPDs that are used for translation purposes. Some States in the U.S.A. require an IDP as an official translation of a French drivers licence".


When you say CAA is actively changing wording, are they now saying they ARE valid in the US? So they are suddenly just deciding to change where they're valid? Overnight...just like that?


Ted - I particularly like the Visa Service Canada link.
It is very helpful, informing us Note: IDPs issued by CAA are only valid outside North America.
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