Update: No international license necessary

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UPDATE: Shortly after yesterday's news that Canadians visiting Florida would need an international driving permit to drive, Florida authorities put the new law on hold, reports the CBC.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said a statement Thursday that the statute may be in violation of the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, say media reports.

The CAA announced those that applied for a permit can get a full refund. On Thursday the CAA was bombarded with 900 applications.

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If your clients live-part time or vacation regularly in Florida they now have another thing to pack: an international driving permit or IDP.

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The new state law came into effect quietly on January 1st and it requires all international visitors to have an IDP in addition to their regular licenses. The permits are a standardized document that translates the licence details into 10 different languages and would help law officers interpret foreign licences.

To get a IDP, which are valid for one year, Canadians must contact the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) to download the application. To be eligible,

  1. the applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  2. photocopy (front and back) of a valid Canadian provincial driver's license
  3. provide two passport type photographs
  4. pay fee payment of $25.00
  5. complete and sign the CAA IDP application form (no other form is acceptable)

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Media reports indicate the CAA is urging Florida officials to waive the requirement for Canadians who make up the majority of international tourists to the state. Approximately 3 million Canadians head south to the sunny destination annually.

However, changes wouldn't take effect for months, so give your clients a heads up today.

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