International Drivers Permit / License
Expat World through a private issuing agency in Central America can provide you with an international drivers license (IDL) pursuant to United Nations Rules.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR U.S. CUSTOMERS BELOW
The original premise behind the IDL (technically an International Driving Permit – IDP) was, and remains, to facilitate travel in foreign countries where there is often a language barrier between motorists and police. This is the reason it's written in nine different languages including: English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese. It is similar in size and style to a standard passport.
The IDL is the result of the United Nations Convention on International Road Traffic of 19 September 1949. The United Nations doesn't actually issue the license, they merely determined and wrote the guidelines pertaining to the issuance of the International Driving Permit (IDP) or IDL as they are usually called. Through participation in the United Nations, the United States, as well as all other signatory nations, have universally adopted, and are in accord with, the IDL procedures. Now, with nearly fifty years since it's introduction, the IDL is accepted in virtually every country of the world, including all fifty States.
An IDL/IDP is NOT a driver’s license. It is only a translation of your present license. However, more often than not a traffic officer who stops you in a country different from where your license issues, will accept this as a license. It’s also common for someone to use an IDL in place of a license that has been lost or expired when he can’t get home to renew his license. This is not technically compliant but it may be better than nothing when you’re far away from home in places that don’t speak your language.
To be clear, there are promoters who say you can use this – instead of your state issued driver’s license -- when your license has been suspended, expired, or lost. That is not true. You can always try, but it’s up to the traffic enforcement officer to decide if he wants to accept it. Even though Expat World knows that persons use an IDP in cases where they shouldn’t, Expat World cannot in good conscience recommend this.
The possibilities are endless for the Perpetual Traveler and enterprising people everywhere.
OUR PRICE IS US $135 for a 4-year validity IDL.
For U.S. consumers and U.S.citizens abroad, the IDL is offered for "Novelty Purposes" Only. Send the completed application and photos with US $135 in cash, check or money order (payable to EXPAT WORLD) via registered airmail.
**Application and Photos can be delivered via Emial. Order form is supplied as a download after you complete your order.
Delivery time from time we receive the order form and photos with payment is approximately 10-14 days. Longer in some countries.
Courier Services are available for an extra fee.
NOTE: If you do not have reliable postal service to your mailing address please choose courier services as we will not be held responsible for lost items sent to a street address via post.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR U.S.A. CUSTOMERS
In order to be in compliance with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Expat World is compelled to inform any U.S. consumer or U.S. citizen abroad that our previous ads in behalf of PATA, the issuing agency of the IDL we advertise, in the FTC's opinion, constitute unfair or deceptive acts or practices and are unlawful. SO in order to be in compliance with the FTC and avoid a pissing contest between the FTC, Expat World and it's advertiser PATA, we declare the IDL's for all U.S. consumers and U.S. citizens abroad, that the IDL issued by PATA is a "novelty" product and should be purchased under that stipulation and used only at one's peril.
Apparently the FTC as stated in communication to Expat World is not happy that we market PATA's product as an alternative to the U.S. International Driving Permit sold by the American Automobile Association. With that in mind read below the history of the IDP (IDL as they are commonly called) and if you are a U.S. consumer or U.S. citizen abroad be warned that if you order a PATA IDL it is on a "novelty" basis with no implication of being of any use except for a replica souvenir . If you want more info before ordering, contact Expat World on this website.