We are also driving in Monaco, Italy, and Switzerland. Amusingly enough, I was stopped by the police recently for the first time in about 30 years, just walking around, and wouldn't you know it? This means I don't know whether I will need to buy an International Driving Permit for my holiday later this year. It provides so little info, which info would be pretty obvious to even a non-English speaker. List of documents to be provided It is recommended that you check the detailed list of documents to be provided, which is available from the Préfecture or Sous-Préfecture that deals with this procedure. And, of course, le code de la route French driving laws says many other things about driving and parking that are routinely ignored as well, which you will no doubt observe as you tool around the countryside and cities. In Paris, license exchanges take place at the local police headquarters Préfecture de police. I have hired cars in France before without a drama.
A full list of these states is outlined below. The agent did check with someone else before confirming it with me. Wearing a helmet is mandatory when riding a motorized two-wheeled vehicle. I would rather have more than I need versus less than a police officer may want when I am traveling in a foreign country. First of all, there's barely a Frenchman on the planet, never mind a policeman, who doesn't read enough English to figure out your age, your height and weight, your address, and the few other details on your license. Please note that restrictions apply to driving your personal vehicle in Paris. We recommend you check with the club or local authority in the country you're planning to visit either prior to or on arrival to ensure you have the most up to date information.
. However, it's not a driver licence in its own right. Note that things like corrective lenses, donor status, eye color, weight, height, are not even on European licenses, so for me that leaves 8 words to translate: expires, issued, sex, date of birth, driver's license, and the bold words are already more or less in French. You can probably trust that answer and if I were you, I very well might. There are pick-up and drop-off points all over France in cities and airports including Paris, Avignon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, and many others. Do I need to purchase one or can I drive in Europe with just my normal driving licence? I must admit we haven't been asked to show ours the last few times we have collected a rental car but I prefer to have one just in case we come across an officious employee who insists on seeing one.
They don't take long to get and don't cost much. We had a decoding book with every model of driving licence in the world in it in case there was something we did not understand -- but this generally only happened with Japanese and Koreans licences back then. It is no wonder you were left without a clear answer as the Government's advice - which is correct - conflicts what you were told in store. The applications are available at. All cars must also carry a safety jacket or warning triangle at all times. You cannot apply if you only hold a drivers permit.
A Drivers Permit comes with all the responsibilities of anyone licensed or not who operates a motor vehicle on public roads…. Also, getting an official translation into French of the license would probably be costly. I live in Brisbane and I fly out at 02:30 this coming Friday. For longer trips, consider leasing, which can offer big savings. It might have made sense back in 1949 when it started.
Crossing Borders Your car comes with the paperwork you need to drive wherever you like throughout most of Europe always check when booking. Do you or someone you know use an international driver permit? The international driving licence is just that. Even if you do have an International Driving Permit, it doesn't mean you'll implicitly understand the differences between traveling in the United States and traveling abroad, especially in Italy. If you're considered too young or too old, look into , which has less stringent age restrictions. Rented cars all across Europe with out an issue. We have been told that the Italian law changed in January and you need an international one! This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Together both documents allow you to drive legally in most other countries. And trust me - if an American co has the opportunity to deny a claim they will. If I didn't have a French license and I was visiting France for a short time, I'd probably just photocopy my American license onto a blank sheet of paper, number the various fields name address, height, weight, expiration date, issuing state, and so on and then on the lower part of the sheet prepare a numbered list, in French, that defines what the terms mean, such as: 1. However, you should go ahead and get an International Driving Permit so you'll have peace of mind while driving legally during your trip to Italy. I got one the first time i went to live in the states - 1997.
If you obtained your foreign license less than three years ago, you will receive a provisional license. The Sixt vehicle fleet has been equipped with the highest technological level right from the start, in particular with navigation systems. If all goes well, you'll likely never be asked to show it — but the permit is a must if you end up dealing with the police. There are, however, restrictions that apply to those seeking this type of permit, you must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of the United States and your permit is only valid for a year from date of issue. In Switzerland, we needed to present an International Driving Permit as well as a regular licence in order to collect our hire car. Never was requested in fact used my roomies as fact id. Even taking out a silly street sign in Germany the Police officer didn't ask for it.