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Getting Your International Driver’s License

26 Sep , 2018  

Want to get your international driver’s license but don’t know where to start? Find out how in this post…

If you are traveling abroad and want to drive while you’re there, you have to take steps to ensure that you’re following their laws and regulations, and you’ll have all forms of identification and permits needed to drive there.

In most situations, a US driver license might not be recognised abroad. To counter this situation, you can apply for an International Driver’s Permit, which, if presented with your domestic driver’s license, will allow you to drive in other countries.

 

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Obtaining The Information

Before filling out the international driver’s document application form, you have to gather all of the paperwork you’re going to need. To apply, you will need your US driver’s license, two passport photos, and a check paying for the application cost. Usually, the application cost should cost no more than $20.

  • Two associations that are authorized by the US to process applications are the National Auto Club and the American Automobile Association.
  • If another company offers to process your claim, chances are they’re going to charge more than the necessary amount. Because of this, it’s better that you go to one of the authorized associations.  

 

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Requirements and Conditions

First, you need to discover when you’re planning on traveling aboard. This will help you apply for your international driver’s license and receive it before your flight leaves. As a rule of thumb, get your IDL at least 4-6 weeks to ensure that it’s processed correctly.

  • If you’re planning on renting a car, speak to the rental firms in advance.
  • The permit shows that you’re a valid driver and translates your information in 10 different languages.
  • You domestic driver license might appear indecipherable and alien to foreign police officers, so having your international driver’s permit can help reduce communication barriers.
  • Check the US Embassy website to understand the rules of the country you’re traveling to.

 

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Make Sure You Have the Right Car Insurance

Before completing your international driver’s document application form, you have to make sure that you take care of any car insurance you have. If you’re going to hire a car, the insurance cost will be included in the agreement.

If you’re taking your own car, make sure you’re covered abroad as apart of your insurance policy. Most of the time, you won’t be covered.

  • If the auto insurance policy allows you to drive abroad, you will have to buy more cover to get the minimum level that’s required by your destination country.
  • If you’re unsure, talk to your insurance agency to check the policy and get any coverage that’s required.

 

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Check the Rules of Your Destination

Before traveling it’s a good idea to research the local road rules and regulation of your desired country. You should always get a good understanding of the driving practices and laws before getting behind the wheel in a different country.

 

Conclusion

To conclude, you have to get your international drivers license. This will make it easier for you to travel and rent cars. Also, it helps you reduce the language barrier when speaking with authorities. Thus, by being proactive and obtaining your IDL, you’ll be able to drive internationally with ease!

 

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