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  •  Why should Canadians be special? (1+ / 0-)
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    An international drivers license is required in every state from people from other countries.

    •  Actually, AFAIK, international drivers licenses (10+ / 0-)

      are not required in the US or many other countries. International licenses have the information on your license translated into several of the most common languages, and it may be beneficial to have one if your license does not have any English on it, but that's not an issue for Canada. Except maybe Quebec.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:24:33 PM PST

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      •  We didn't have to have one (4+ / 0-)
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        for Australia or New Zealand.

      •  we did not need one (5+ / 0-)

        in Lesotho, Zambia or South Africa last month.

        All it is is a translation of your pertinent driver's license information into six or so different languages.  I have one because it was required in Qatar (one of the languages on it being Arabic).  It's a good idea to have, even if not required, if the country you are visiting has a primary language different than that on your license...could make things a lot easier if you are stopped.

        It takes a special kind of stupid, however, to mandate it regardless of the language on the visitor's license.  There's nothing additional on there.

        (an aside - not long after we entered Lesotho we were pulled over by the police at a normal roadblock.  The officer asked where we were from -he was surprised when we said the US as it's more than a bit off the beaten track for American travellers - but he immediately grinned and said "Ah!  Obamaland!")

        I like lemurs -6.50, -4.82

        by roadbear on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:54:56 PM PST

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    •  We are special - we are the new Saudi Arabia (7+ / 0-)

      so just watch out we don't embargo you.

      To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:39:24 PM PST

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    •  No. The so-called permits mentioned in this diary (6+ / 0-)

      are not driver's licenses and are not legal documents.  They are not IDs.  At most, the facilitate translation for someone too stupid to put 2 and 2 together and realize that that thing that looks like a birthdate next to "fecha de nacimiento" actually is a birthdate.  Duh.  Between all the information already contained in a foreign traveler's passport and home country driver's license, these phony international permits really serve zero purpose.

      •  Funny true story (5+ / 0-)

        An Garda Síochána (the Irish Police) thought they had identified a Polish driver, a Mr Prawo Jazd, as one of the worst they had come across.

        He had been wanted from counties Cork to Cavan after racking up scores of speeding tickets and parking fines.
        However, each time the serial offender was stopped he managed to evade justice by giving a different address.
        But then his cover was blown.
        A guard pointed out that they were looking for somebody called "Driver's licence"

        "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

        by Lib Dem FoP on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 10:31:58 PM PST

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