Florida Implements New Requirement for Canadian Drivers

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) advises Canadians that the state of Florida has passed into law a requirement for all non U.S. residents, including all Canadians, to carry a valid International Driver’s Permit (IDP) when driving their own vehicle or a rental vehicle in Florida.

State officials say the law was passed so that Florida law enforcement officials would not be faced with license documents in languages they could not read, but the law captures drivers from all countries, including Canada. The law now requires both a valid licence from the home country or province, and an IDP.

CAA has obtained the following official comment from the state of Florida regarding this change.

“The intent of the change in Florida law regarding the International Driving Permit was to aid law enforcement in Florida when interacting with drivers holding a license in a foreign language. The Department of Highway Safety will seek to clarify the law in the upcoming Legislative session, which begins next month, to make it clear that a license already written in English would be acceptable. Until the law is clarified, drivers should obtain an IDP,” said Kirsten Olsen-Doolan, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokesperson.

CAA will be requesting that Florida officials follow through and amend this law. Millions of Canadians have driven in Florida for decades without incidents related to the lack of an international driving permit.

From the Saint Croix Courier Website.