International Drivers Licenses

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Two Moto Kiwis, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Good afternoon all

    Our international licences from NZ are due to expire 30 March, we still have our NZ proper drivers licence so do we need to get more international licences?

    Pretty much everywhere we have been they only want out NZ proper licence so what to do for CA and SA?

    Any good advice welcome on this front.

    Cheers all.
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  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Only time I needed mine was for Brazil coming in from the North at VZ and it must be accompanied with a non expired US license, I was more than surprised when mine only had six days left:eek1 when I last entered Brazil. I find it very easy to modify the dates on the front of the two that we use from the US, just saying:lol3

    I always give it out if I'm stopped for whatever reason by roadside cops and keep my state license out of site as I have a couple extra copies of those two different types of international licenses we have from the US.
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  3. Airhead Wrangler

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    I don't think I ever showed mine once.
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  4. ADVer

    ADVer Been here awhile

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    My understanding of the IDLs issued here in the US is that they are essentially a translation of your reg license in multiple languages, hence the need to still have your regular license.
    Your NZ license, in English presumably, should be be fine in Canada, US or even SA.
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  5. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    I think we will just continue on our Kiwi licences by the sounds of that.

    I am pretty sure Mexico cannot issue NZ licences anyway :D
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  6. markharf

    markharf Been here awhile

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    No one has yet figured out how to predict when you'll need an IDP: I needed mine only in Guyana, while Mr. Throttlemeister claimed only in Brazil and others say never.... I've also needed mine in Ghana, but only once in a half-dozen trips there. Current law says you need one in Florida (USA), too, although it probably wouldn't amount to anything until some cop got irritated with you.

    It's not a complicated document, and would not be difficult to manufacture. No one's suggesting doing so, of course.

    Mark
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  7. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Would never dream of doing such a thing ... of course, looks like the photocopier is playing up mind you ..... must get that fixed :D
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