First, please turn off your caps lock. It is the equivalent of yelling and hard to read. AAA is the authorized US issuer of the International Drivers Permit. It is not something they invented to make money off unsuspecting tourists. Each country has an authorized issuer. If you want to blame someone, blame the nations that require it, like Italy, Spain and Greece. After all, maybe they should force their police to learn 5-10 languages so that they can read the drivers licenses of various foreign tourists. Most people never have to use or show their IDP. Then again, most people never use their car insurance either. But if you needed it and didn't have it, you'd be in a world of trouble. Most rental agencies in Greece will not rent you a car without it. I was once asked for an IDP in England because the rental agent couldn't figure out if my state license was valid. As someone else mentioned, get into an accident without and IDP where it is required, and that makes for a convenient excuse for your insurer to deny you coverage. Lesson - EVERYONE should have an IDP when driving in a foreign country - period!