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International Drivers Lic.

Discussion in '☋ Expat Section ☋' started by hill topper, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. hill topper

    hill topper DI Member

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    If you have a US Drivers Lic. and living part time in the Philippines and the other in US do you have to get a Internation Drivers Lic?
    If so, what is there to getting International Lic's?

    Alan, Maryann's better half
     
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    Kinhason2 DI Member

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    Hi Alan,
    If you live in US you can go to your local Automobile Association of America (AAA) and get it there for $15.00. You have to have 2 passport size photo with you and your state drivers license. Regards.
     
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    I thank you for that infomation. That is one membership I have had sence 1979, and would not have thought about going there to get one. That was simple. Thanks again!!

    Alan & Maryann
     
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    shadow DI Forum Luminary

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    No, you need to get a Philippine license in order to drive past 90 days.

    An international drivers license is NOT a license to drive. It is little more than a trtanslation card to translate your license to other languages. It is completly invalid without a current license to go with it.

    Basically, it is a means for the motor clubs to take your money on a pretense.

    Read here;

    International Drivers License - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    International Driving Permit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Larry
     
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    davfitz DI Forum Adept

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    Thanks, Shadow for exposing this "licence" for the scam that it is! It's a well intended one generating revenue for the nations' automobile clubs but that is all it does.
     
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    Thanks for the internet sites. I will follow what the correct proceedures are in getting them.

    Alan & Maryann
     
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    Well actually, if your license happens to be in Hindu, it will translate it to English so it can be understood in the RP. :wink: However, if your current license is in English already, it will do absolutely nothing for you.

    It is not a license to drive, it is a translation card. Nothing more.

    Larry
     
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    why call it a "permit"

    If it doesn't 'permit' someone to drive in countries supposedly accepts them on the list? I've once gotten a International driver's "permit" many years ago & I do not recall that I needed to specify the country that I'm visiting. If one's going to be driving through or visiting multiple countries, does that mean he or she needs to get a driver's permit for each and every one of those country?
     
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    i thought an international DL is valid for use in a country for 1 year, you can drive for 3 months on a normal license here, so not really a scam!
     
  10. shadow

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    In the Philippines, You are allowed to drive on your government issued license from your country for a period of 90 days. There is no government in any country that issues an "international drivers license". These are issued by auto clubs, NOT government agencies. There is NOT a license issued by an auto club or other non government agency that is a drivers license in itself. ALL must be accompanied by your government issued license. NONE are valid without.

    Once again, and international drivers license (AKA permit), issued by a non government agency such as auto club, etc., is nothing more than a translation card, which translates your government issued license to multiple languages.

    It is NOT a license in itself.

    If your license from your country is in English, an international drivers license will do absolutely nothing for you in the Philippines.

    I don't know of any simpler way to explain it.

    Larry
     
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