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Where to get an IDP ... In Europe.

I have a friend that is ine Europe and decided they want to rent a car. I asked if they had gotten an IDP in the states.

Nope.
So where do you get one once in Europe? (Portugual)

Posted by
6101 posts

I always highly recommend an IDP. That said, my recollection is that it is not needed in Portugal.

Posted by
427 posts

You need to get one in your home country, as they are the ones who can attest that your license is correct.

Posted by
521 posts

The link attached by CL of a recent thread conversation might be of interest. I edited my comments in that thread to include that we were indeed asked by the car rental agency in France in April to see our IDP.

Posted by
18820 posts

Fortunately its not my problem. And yes, Portugal doesnt require, but Spain does and thats where they want to go. I suspect they are not going to be happy about this.

As for attesting to your license. The last time i got one, a decade ago, i walked into AAA handed my license and $10 and they scribbled something on piece of paper and handed it and the license back to me. Was sort of a joke. Maybe its better now.

I will tell them the "good news". Ouch

Posted by
521 posts

Mr E, Nope same process except it's $30 now (including the photo they take.)

Posted by
18820 posts

While this was about my friends in Portugal, it made me remember that I never got an IDP before I moved here. So i am sort of between a rock and a hard place if I ever want to drive. The option discussed in the other thread is a certified translation of your drivers license, but I would need one for each country so thats not really pratical. To get a license here I have to speak Hungarian so that is even less likely.

Thanks to COVID you can now do much more on line and thru video conferences.

I would think someone would find a way to do this too.

Earlier this year I transfered the title on a piece of property in Hungary that was owned by a US citizen in the US. She was with an attorney on a video conference call in Texas, I was here in Hungary with an attorney on the same call. We emailed a few documents, signed and emailed back, took a recorded statement as evidence and in a few weeks of government processing I had the title. That would have been impossible before COVID.

EDIT: Well, I will be danged! https://www.idltrip.com/?gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw9vqyBhCKARIsAIIcLMFhoXgFZsxH9yoNhXu8jV9mroVukOddi2B9vKS1RoCNg7sCTJJIyhAaAo4DEALw_wcB

Posted by
335 posts

Mr. E, I think you maintain a mailing address in the States. You could get an IDP sent there. I just ordered and received IDPs from our local AAA through the mail because they are only open during business hours on the weekday (so really hard to get there). Assuming this works the same in all states (which might be a big assumption), you should be aware that the payment was slightly tricky. I sent a check, and then they called to get my authorization to run it as an e-check rather than cash the physical check I sent (no option to pay online was available). That was no big deal for me, but might be harder for you being overseas.

Also, an IDP is only valid for one year, so it's a lot of bother to have around "just in case." At least you can choose the date it becomes effective, which makes it easier to order in advance.

Posted by
4351 posts

It would be a process, but one you could manage with a few extra steps.
I almost always get mine by mail here: 3001 State Hwy 121 #250, Euless, TX 76039
They take physical checks - and emailed me the application.

As a side note: I actually forgot to pack mine last year when I went to Austria. So in Salzburg, I took a little side trip to a place (ÖAMTC Stützpunkt Salzburg) that cheerfully gave me an Austrian IDP. Of course then the car rental place never asked for it, but at least I am pretty sure I was legal. Cost about the same as the U.S. and I didn’t need photos - plus I had a really interesting non-typical experience, a bus ride out into non-city-center Salzburg, and some great conversation.

Posted by
18820 posts

Actually Spain doesn't require an IDP if you are from the Spanish
speaking part of America. It is different if you are in the English
speaking part of the continent.

So being from Texas I wouldn't need one. Thank you sir. It's a joke (more or less) relax. I understood your intent and makes perfect sense.

Posted by
18820 posts

TTM, I dont want a solution. I dont like to drive on holiday. This was my perfect excuse until I found out being from South Texas meant I didnt need an IDP.

Posted by
4637 posts

might still require Texans to have an IDP.

Or not. I'm sure the IDP will soon be an historical relic, might as well hasten that process by pointing out the new formats. Having actually once bought an IDP, it sure doesn't reek of officialdom-- it looks homemade.

Posted by
18820 posts

Texas isn't actually a real country

You mean my Texas passport isnt any good?

I believe the new format was dictated by the Feds. Or at least without the new format its use was going to be limited by the Feds. Maybe the Feds copied the UK / European (including Albania?) DL?

As i noted above, there does appear to be a solution: https://www.idltrip.com/?gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw9vqyBhCKARIsAIIcLMFhoXgFZsxH9yoNhXu8jV9mroVukOddi2B9vKS1RoCNg7sCTJJIyhAaAo4DEALw_wcB "appears" cause it seems too simple. But for now I have a good excuse not to drive.

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4637 posts

I believe the new format was dictated by the Feds

No, there are many state holdouts, California and New York are 2. It was actually the North American association of driving license designers (yes, there really is such a group although I may have the name wrong) that on a state/province by state/province basis began this initiative to bring North American licenses in compliance with the terms of the Vienna Treaty on Driving Licenses (which is all the IDP does).