Beware Of International Driving Permit Scams

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Many websites offer International Driving Licenses for your international trip, but did you know that International Driving Licenses actually don’t exist?

That’s right! These International Driving Licenses websites are a scam. What you need is an International Driving Permit. The only purpose of an International Driving Permit is to translate your driver’s license into 11 different languages so it can be understood by foreign government officials. You must also carry your regular driver’s license along with the International Driving Permit. The International Driving Permit is not considered a replacement for having a regular driver’s license.

Also, the International Driving Permit is required in some countries, but it is not required in others. Do your research before getting one.

Where To Get Your International Driving Permit

Not only are there websites selling fake International Driving Licenses, but there are also plenty of scammers selling International Driving Permits that are also counterfeits. Not only that, the fake ones are usually offered at exorbitant prices. The normal fee is $15, and the permit is valid for one year.

The Department of State in the US has only authorized two private groups to issue International Driving Permits.  These are AAA and the National Automobile Club.

NOTE: International Driving Permits may not be issued more than six (6) months in advance of desired effective date.  

If you are already overseas, you can still apply for your International Driving Permit by mail.

Scams That Target Foreigners In The US

Many foreigners in the US are targeted through ads in local foreign-language papers. They are told that they can get an International Driving Permit and won’t need a Driver’s License. This scam can come with severe penalties for those who drive with only this permit. You must have a state issued driver’s license to drive in the USA.

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