Is an international licence required

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  1. chef4u
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    A friend with a British licence will be visiting me in Canada. Is an international licence required for rentals here in Canada?
     
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    IMO it's convenient to have the international license even it it's not strictly required. It can avoid issues with either the rental car agency or the police. The cost is only about $10 at my auto club.

    BTW, does your friend really want to drive on the wrong side of the road in a strange country, even if signage is in English (or French)?
     
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    Never needed an international license in Canada (or for that matter, most other countries). I'd be shocked if her majesty's royal mounties would give your friend any grief. Or the car rental folks, for that matter.
     
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    I second this. I've never needed one but I'm sure there could be some countries that it might matter. Canada and UK not so much.
     
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    I have had one in the past for a particular trip where it was explicitly recommended. I can't quite remember what country it was -- perhaps South Africa? (14 years ago, if so). I recently shredded it.
     
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    We've actually allowed Chinese licenses on the road for quite some time...(most of them were purchased illegally) RCMP says **** no, but our government owned insurance company (ICBC) says go ahead.

    so I think your friends UK license is no problemo.
     
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    International DL are required in Italy and Spain among other places although the rental car agencies rarely ask to see them ( they will ask for your regular home license) yet Europecar at the Zaragoza train station office did ask to see mine. Should you get into accident and not be able to produce you might get flak from regional police.
    Considering the low cost of obtaining that document why chance it?

    They are valid for one year only.
     
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    I assume they accept EU licenses?
     
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    Presumably, but the International is not a substitute for another license it is only valid in conjunction with another DL.
     
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    Since when?

    I've rented multiple times in Italy and never had an IDL.
     
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    Interesting...that rule is not at all strictly enforced IME. I had no issues with my NY DL.

    Also, totally irrelevant to the OP's inquiry re UK/Canada.
     
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    Agree, probably no ticket unless duly necessary, but, what will your insurance company do if you don't have one and your at fault in an accident. Would rather be safe than sorry.
     
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    Since we are required to adhere strictly to each and every topic, why did you waste my time in asking an irrelevant question? :rolleyes:

    I must say you do seem to have a tendency not to afford posters the courtesy in reading their or links provided (just read the Ron link, o.k. ) .
    Let me reiterate... the rule is enforced, perhaps not when you pickup a car at the rental agency but have an interaction which the police and you will find out pretty soon enough.
     
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    What *would* the insurance company do? If the rental agency accepted the drivers license and the country doesn't have any other requirement (does Canada for British citizens?) then I doubt they'd get away with denying coverage.
     

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