As you plan for a business or leisure trip to any country in the world and plan on renting or driving a car, do not forget to obtain an International Driving License (IDL) before you travel. It is a crucial piece of document, which basically is a multi-language translation of your French driving license. It is an official document required by law authorizing a person to drive a private vehicle in any country or jurisdiction that recognizes it.
As you visit a country, the law of the land might require drivers that don't have a European Union driving license to show their home (native) country license as well as an International Driving License if (or when) they're pulled over. So you won’t like to take any such chance, right? Just acquire your International Driver’s License which you can obtain by visiting a credible website.
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Rules of the Road
Having an International Driver’s License doesn't mean you'll implicitly understand the differences between traveling in France and traveling abroad. Make it a point to study up on the rules of the road in the country (you’re planning to visit) before renting a car and driving yourself around in it, which will stand you in good stead.
Speeding violations and tolls are more or less completely operated by automated camera systems, so make sure to check local rules and regulations before planning your trip to account for these additional expenses and figure out how to pay for the tickets on your rental vehicle. Check out the country’s website for more information on these rules.
It's completely your responsibility to familiarize yourself with and obey the traffic laws of the country you are visiting. If you are stopped by an official, present both your International Driver's License and your government issued driver' license. If you are issued a traffic violation, though it won’t reflect on your IDL, may impact your driver's license in your native country. Officials have the right to accept or reject your IDL. We, at IDL Worldwide, are in no way responsible for customers committing traffic violations (flouting any road rules), receiving traffic tickets and fines or for the confiscation of their IDL.
Countries that Require an IDL
The following countries do require International Driver’s License in conjunction with valid government issued native driver's licenses: Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Spain. These countries might not even ask you for the IDL, but why take the risk of not carrying it to completely cut back on your risk of being fined, so you can travel worry-free.
You’re advised to check with the tourist board for the country you're visiting on exactly what you need to drive in that country. Before embarking on a journey to a European country, it’s a good idea to contact the embassy or consulate of the country you're planning on visiting to inquire about their requirements in regard to IDLs or use of your existing license.
Type of documentation required in order to apply for International Driver's License:
Online application- Complete an application form, upload your photo, signature and a copy of your native driver's license.
Mail applications- Download the application, fill it out completely and sign it. Include your color photo, copy of your native driver's license and your payment. Photos from passport, driver’s license or any other form of an ID aren’t accepted.
Remember, the main objective behind getting an IDL issued is to supplement and not to replace your valid government issued Driver's License. Your main form of identification is always your passport so keep a copy of it handy in case of emergency.
You are also advised to purchase IDL Protection Plan at the same time as the International Driver's License. The IDL can be replaced free of charge in case it gets lost or stolen or needs changes. Please note that shipping charges still apply and must be paid at the time of replacement.