Do I need an international driver’s license to drive in Florida this year?

Bob M.
Gatineau, QC

How are you Bob?

Here is an answer from the Canadian Snowbirds Association:

Despite recent legislative amendments made in Florida, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is NOT REQUIRED in order for a visitor to legally operate a vehicle in the state. Immediately after learning of the requirement to obtain an International Driving Permit, the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) contacted the Governor of Florida’s office and expressed strong concerns. We stressed our firm opposition to the requirement and noted the significant impact it would have on Canadians who are so critical to the economy of Florida. We were assured by the Governor’s office that this was not the intent and that changes to the legislation would be made.

We emphasized that an immediate short-term solution would need to be put in place as the Florida Legislature would not be in session until March. This would ensure that our members currently in Florida would not be negatively impacted by the law during their stay. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) issued a statement confirming that the Florida Highway Patrol would defer enforcement of the law.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says it will “defer” the enforcement of a new law that would requires Canadians and other non-U.S. citizens to carry an international driving permit – in addition to their regular driver’s license. To be sure that you are covered by your insurance while you are away you can get the International license at your local CAA office for $25 plus tax.

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