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International Driving Permit

Unread postby rayb » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:08 pm

This is probably one for Brits who have made the journey recently. I have an old style licence with no photo. In the past, I have simply popped along to the local AA office and they issued me one there and then. I looked up the regulations on the AA website and it says in SA that you need an IDP to hire a car and it is also advisable for insurance purposes.

Is the new licence with photo accepted or do I need to get IDPs
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Unread postby bert » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:45 pm

i used to get a internation drivers licence in the Netherlands for SA.
Nobody ever asked for it so i wont renew it

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Unread postby rayb » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:47 pm

Does your driving licence have a photo Bert? I think that's part of the problem as mine doesn't.
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Unread postby Mgoddard » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:54 pm

rayb, I get an international drivers license every year before I go...and yes, I have been stopped and asked for my license. Here we get it from our local travel agent showing my local Qatar license and then they issue the IDP based on that, the number for my local license is also mentioned and a photo is attached with a stamp over to show its real, and I usually present both at the same time when asked...an IDP is valid for one year in South Africa.

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Unread postby bert » Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:08 pm

Ray, license with photo :D
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Unread postby Winny » Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:22 pm

I've just gone through this learning process. A UK licence with photo is ok, without and you'll need one of the international permits.

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Unread postby wmahon465 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:36 pm

I changed to the new phot ID licence with paper sheet. When I visited last Feb, I had 2 hire periods with Avis.
They only asked for the photo card and passport, they did not require the paper sheet.
I had no problems, in fact they were extremely helpful. So much so I'm there agin in May for another week in the Kruger, my second and definately not the last visit.

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Unread postby rayb » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:15 pm

I received this answer from Avis in SA.

RENTERS AND ADDITIONAL DRIVERS MUST BE IN POSSESION OF A VALID
UNENDORSED DRIVER'S LICENCE OF COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE, AND AN AVIS
ACCEPTED METHOD OF PAYMENT. LICENCE MUST BE VALID FOR A MIN OF 1 YEAR.
IF DRIVERS LICENCE IS IN NON-ROMAN ALPHABET AND INTERNATIONAL
DRIVERS LICENCE IS REQUIRED.

I have just applied online for a new photo licence. They can even extract my passport photo to use on it. I suspect that Avis automatically assume that a driver's licence has a photo. The UK must be one of the few countries that doesn't currently require one.
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Unread postby Jazil » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:14 pm

I think you can use your UK one rayb, as long as its in English!!!

I have used my Swazi one all over the world, Europe, UK, Aussie, no problems at all....... And mostly at airports Immigration have never heard of Swaziland so have probs there, but never with hiring a car.....

I think you will be OK with your British one, with photo, in English! :D
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:08 am

I have old style paper UK licence. Never had a problem hiring a car here in SA - or at road blocks while driving (awaiting issue of SA licence, but that is another story!). If a photo is required use passport or ID book. In this part of the world (N4 Nelspruit to Komatipoort) road blocks are frequent, so if there was a problem I would have encountered it!

The main issues are language (police/hire companies must be able to understand it), and identification.

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Unread postby Jose » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:07 pm

You spoke the keywords, Jazil! :D Photo and English text...

Jazil wrote:<...> I think you will be OK with your British one, with photo, in English! :D

@ simon boaz

simon boaz wrote:<...> international is out the window now as long as you have the new UK photo and paper licence.

True... for UK license-holders. :wink:

But since this is a worldwide forum:
@ All: First please note that it's not the rental companies demanding the int'l licenses, but the SA law that requires a license with photo and in (as many languages as you prefer, as long as one of them is) English.
Even though you are officially breaking the law, you're not very likely to get into real trouble driving inside a national park, and even less when in a private reserve, without one. But... if and when you travel on public roads (think: from Jhb to KNP or KTP) you DO need a license which contains both the driver's photo AND an English text version of the significant details! So (you too, Bert)... my advice is: better safe than sorry. :wink:

Example: Dutch DL's have always had a photo, but to this day the text is in Dutch and French, which is why we need an international version (read: "certification" in English) of our license. Again, not to humour the rental companies, but because the SA (one among many countries) law says so.
For the Dutchies: my own experience is that rental companies even prefer the official "pink slip" (NB: as transaction document) over the int'l one. Maybe the new, EU card version, will include English... I can let you know in a few years when my current one expires :lol:
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Unread postby icurrie » Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:11 pm

I would definitely say get an International Drivers licence for peace of mind regardless of any laws - they're not that expensive and are easy to get. But one important thing to remember is that you must carry your drivers licence with you when driving. It is best to be safe than sorry - better to not give 'them' any excuse to book you !! :D
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Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:53 am

According to travel guides and travel documents you nered to have an international driver licence if you want to rent/drive an car in South Africa. Now It is my fifth time that I rent a car in SA and I was never asked for it (neither at the airport or when the policwe stopped me). They always were quite happy with the usual driver lisence.
My question to other travellers from foreign countries:
have you ever been asked for this licence and what happens if you don't have one? Do you only have to pay a fine or are you not allowed to drive on at all :doh:
Unfortunately this document only lasts for 3 years and my old one runs out now :?
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Re: International driver licence

Unread postby Timepilot » Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:12 am

With regard to your question about the International Drivers Licence:

The new policy is, that all international travellers require an international driver’s licence should you be stopped by traffic officers or the police for whatever reason.

Hertz does accept foreign driver’s licences when they are in English and have a photo, however H***z cannot be held responsible if you are stopped by the police.



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Re: International driver licence

Unread postby flying cheetah » Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:18 am

Thanks Timepilot :thumbs_up:
I think I better get one, it's just not worth the risc :wink:
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