No Need For Special Driving Permits
You can breathe a sigh of relief.
If you're heading to Florida, you don't need one of those International Driving Permits.
News broke on Thursday morning, that any driver who wanted to motor around the Sunshine State would need the special permits, sold in Canada only at CAA.
Lineups at outlets in Toronto stretched as long as two hours just to file the papers.
Early Thursday afternoon the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles sent an email:
During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida Legislature amended section 322.04, Florida Statutes, to require visitors from outside the United States to have an International Driving Permit in order to drive lawfully in Florida. This change took effect Jan. 1, 2013.
It has come to the Department's attention that this requirement may violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949), an international treaty to which the United States is a signatory. Treaties to which the United States is a party preempt state laws in conflict with them.
Therefore, the Florida Highway Patrol will defer enforcement of violations of the amended statutory section until a final determination of the alignment of the amendment with the treaty can be made. Non-resident visitors to Florida who wish to drive while here will be required to have in their immediate possession a valid driver license issued in his or her name from another state or territory of the U.S. or from their country of residence. However, the FHP will not take enforcement action based solely on the lack of an International Driving Permit.
Still, some people waiting to get the special permits at CAA locations in the GTA, decided to stay. They claim they are worried about their insurance companies, if they get into an accident while in Florida.
Since this is still a law, but isn't being enforced, that could be a loophole.