Sunday, February 13, 2011 -
By Relocation.com Staff
Whether you are transporting your current vehicle or purchasing a new one once you arrive, you may not drive in your new country unless you have a proper license. In some cases, you may need to take another driving test. Here are a few tips about how to obtain or apply for an international license:
Look into obtaining an International Driving Permit (IDP) which many countries require in addition to your drivers license. It is intended to be used while you are waiting to receive your local driver's license. You can receive an IDP at your local DMV from your country of origin before your departure date so that you have it available when you arrive in your new country.
You may also apply for an IDP by contacting:
AAA Distribution Center
13144 South Pulaski Rd Alsip, IL 60658
In select countries your current U.S. driver's license will be honored. However, in other countries you will be asked to obtain a local license and take an additional driving test, written test and eye exam.
Inquire about your new country's time restrictions on how long you may use your previous driver's license before you must obtain a new one.