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Do I need a driving licence for Florida?

In short - Yes!

Driving Licence Requirements for the USA

Until April 2013, it was against the law for any persons holding a driving licence issued outside the US to drive without holding an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Thanks to a repeal in the law however, it is no longer a compulsory requirement for UK licence holders to apply for a driving permit when on holiday in the State of Florida.

Hiring a car in Florida

Although it is not a legal requirement to hold an International Driving Permit (IDP), some car hire and insurance companies can impose their own terms and conditions to their contracts - so it is important that you check with the company before you leave the UK.

Before applying for an IDP:

It is still important before you apply, that you check the following conditions:

  • In the event of an accident, if your licence does not incorporate a photograph, the licence will need to be accompanied by photographic proof of identity.
  • IDP applications cannot be made any more than three months in advance of the date of travel.
  • If you are taking up residence or employment in the US, it is important to make personal enquiries to your position before relying on a permit to be approved.
  • If there are any errors on your driving licence, or you have changed address, it is important that you notify the DVLA to account for this change.

Applying via post

You can download an application form to be printed off, here.

Driving licence details

When applying, you must send the form, your driving licence or alternatively, your pass certificate and your provisional licence.

If you are using a photocard licence, you must copy both sides of the card as well as the paper counterpart.

If however, you cannot provide a copy of your UK driving licence (or the practical pass certificate and provisional licence), it is important that you enclose a search fee of £4.00 so that your details can be checked.

Passport Photograph

A recent passport sized picture must also be sent, which is also to be signed by yourself on the back.

Photocopy of your passport

A photocopy of your identification details and photograph pages are also needed for the application.

Also

Remember that when sending the form, you must also enclose the appropriate fee (£8.00 per permit, £5.0 statutory charge, plus £2.50 postal application processing fee).

More answers about your Florida holiday are available in the Florida FAQ.

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