Seeking Empowerment regarding the Right to Drive?
The International Driving Permit (IDP), issued by the Pan American Auto Travel Association (PATA), is valid, as per the Convention on International Road Traffic, signed into international law on September 19, 1949. This is an international treaty that regulates motor traffic, of which the United States became a member of in 1952.
The IDP is an eight page, 5.75″ x 3.75″ pocket-book, printed in nine different languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Italian, Swedish & Chinese). It has been so widely used and accepted for over 50 years that it is virtually recognized almost everywhere in the world. With this permit you can legally drive in over 200 countries, including the USA:
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT VALID IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES (as of August, 1992): Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros. Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dijibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France (including French overseas territories), French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Granada, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bassau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kampuchea, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, (Republic), Kuwait, Krystan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru. Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, St. Christopher Nevis & Anguilla, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka. Sudan, Surinam, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda. Ukraine, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Samoa, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The IDP can also be used to rent cars and trucks, cash checks, show proof of age, get on commercial airlines and cruise ships, and as general ID.
When using this permit you are obligated to follow all the traffic laws of the jurisdiction you are traveling in. However, as you know, some of the laws on the books are not designed for public safety. But, they are mere excuses for the local authorities to check to see if your papers are in order. With the IDP, and officer will generally treat you better because you are not licensed in his jurisdiction and therefore he has less control over you. Even if he were to write you a ticket, the local courts would have no way of enforcing such a citation because you are not a member of their “club”, and this is why, in most cases, officers won’t even bother to issue a citation in the first place – since it’s not enforceable. This can give you a distinct advantage over most “card carrying members”, i.e.: holders of state issued driver’s licenses, the ones with your finger print, social security number, and magnetic strip, and coming soon – your retina scan. None of these things are required when applying for an IDP; your privacy is always upheld.