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Old 02-14-2013, 07:03 AM   #1
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Canadian drivers need Int. DL in Florida!

I never thought this would go as far as this. US is seriously in its own little world (to be fair its only one state)... but still, this is sad

Canadians driving in state of Florida require an international drivers license now.

Its ok that US citizens racked up over $2 million in speeding tickets in Ontario that haven't been paid last year, while Canadians are forced to pay on the spot when pulled over (even when the cop can't prove anything).

Ten years ago we didn't need passports to get through the border... today we need to fork out extra $$ to get to Disney World.

Why is it that the world is opening up while the US is closing itself in?

just a rant... going to DW next month..

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:08 AM   #2
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You can always go to Disney Land in California...
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:13 AM   #3
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in·ter·na·tion·al/***716;***618;nt***601;r***712;nę***643;***601;nl/ Show Spelled [in-ter-nash-uh-nl]
adjective
1. between or among nations; involving two or more nations: international trade.
2. of or pertaining to two or more nations or their citizens: a matter of international concern.
3. pertaining to the relations between nations: international law.
4. having members or activities in several nations: an international organization.
5. transcending national boundaries or viewpoints: an international benefit; an international reputation.

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:19 AM   #4
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its funny...maybe you should teach some of your citizens Ontario is not a US state

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:36 AM   #5
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I never thought this would go as far as this. US is seriously in its own little world (to be fair its only one state)... but still, this is sad

Canadians driving in state of Florida require an international drivers license now.

Its ok that US citizens racked up over $2 million in speeding tickets in Ontario that haven't been paid last year, while Canadians are forced to pay on the spot when pulled over (even when the cop can't prove anything).

Ten years ago we didn't need passports to get through the border... today we need to fork out extra $$ to get to Disney World.

Why is it that the world is opening up while the US is closing itself in?

just a rant... going to DW next month..
What's $2 million translate to in meters? I was never very good at the metric system.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:37 AM   #6
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its funny...maybe you should teach some of your citizens Ontario is not a US state

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Perhaps you need to educate your own country? Ours knows better.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:06 AM   #7
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The OP took this out of context, it isn't JUST Canadians, it is all foreigners. The issue being solved is that Florida is an international destination; thus people from all over the planet descend on Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, etc, rent cars and in many cases brake laws, cause accidents, etc. These drivers would then pull out a license that understandably is in their native language. Sorry - but our police are not versed in Arabic, French, Farsi, Mandarin Chinese, etc. So an IDP (International Driving Permit) which is something accepted in over 150 civilized countries is now being required in several US states, including Florida as of 1/1/2013. Canadian press jumped on it as if it is some 'Anti-Canadian' push which simply isn't true - we hate all foreigners equally, not just Canadians
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:10 AM   #8
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Or the inverse.....use to go the Canadian Grand Prix every year. Spent quite a bit each year in tourism dollars up there. On my way home with my gf, we were in the right lane with cruise control on....mostly empty highway....Candian plate cars were passing me occasionally. I got pulled over and they confiscated my radar detector on the spot. I was unaware radar detectors were illegal (I know I know...ignorance is no excuse) then she wrote me a $550 fine.

The entire time, we were polite, courtious, explained we were up for the GP enjoying what Quebec has to offer. This cop even admitted we were not speeding at all. But the cop continued to cite me for the max fine for radar detector possession. (which is legal in my home state of Pennsylvania)

And yes...I did pay it. Probably was a foolish move...but I kept a clear concious that way. Have not been back to Quebec since and will never go back.

Cops are clearly able to use subjectivity in their job to ascertain real criminals from those that have no ill intentions.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:12 AM   #9
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Or the inverse........ Have not been back to Quebec since and will never go back....
Tell me about it - and don't even get me started on their 'bacon'.....newsflash, it's phucking ham
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #10
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are you that dense? have you ever been to Europe?? or are you one of those who doesn't believe there's a world outside of US? no need for int drivers permit in Europe even if its the most popular destination for summer gateway in the world with MORE THEN ONE language...

As for the fanatic getting slapped for a radar, sorry to hear that. Id be pissed just as much. No radars are allowed in Canada and most of the cops will detect one on you. I've seen one cop tear up a car looking for it. But at least he had the proof the law was being broken, and not making shift up just because he can. You should have gotten a warning at most though.


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are you that dense? have you ever been to Europe?? or are you one of those who doesn't believe there's a world outside of US? no need for int drivers permit in Europe even if its the most popular destination for summer gateway in the world with MORE THEN ONE language...
You seem to be confused. Your Canadian drivers license works perfectly fine when in the United States. Once you become a resident you will need to apply for a US license.
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are you that dense? have you ever been to Europe?? or are you one of those who doesn't believe there's a world outside of US? no need for int drivers permit in Europe even if its the most popular destination for summer gateway in the world with MORE THEN ONE language...
Not sure how pointing out the error in the post makes me dense - must be Canadian math. I've quite well travelled thank you with a passport full of stamps to many wonderful countries. I have personally never needed an IDP (although it is recommended by AAA and my own DMV) because my super fantastic awesome US driver license trumps all IDP licenses because it just does.
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^ i understand that concept.. but since January 1st, state of Florida decided on a requirement to obtain an international drivers permit that needs to be bought ahead of time before driving into the state even for a visit.

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^ i understand that concept.. but since January 1st, state of Florida decided on a requirement to obtain an international drivers permit that needs to be bought ahead of time before driving into the state even for a visit.

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Definitely agree with going overboard - if you are here for a weekend it seems extreme. Even the Board of Tourism (of FL) says it is going to have a negative effect - we shall see.
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That's only one state of fifty. Plus from what I read it's only $15 for the permit and good for an entire year. Someone call the whambulance.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:56 AM   #16
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$25 + tax at local caa

that's about 400 miles of driving with my tdi

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The USA is going down hill fast. No one will want to visit a 3rd world country soon enough so this will all be irrelevant soon.
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Because Florida requires international travelers to obtain a $15 permit?
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because this democracy is beginning to be worse then communism

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because this democracy is beginning to be worse then communism
The United States is a Republic. I guess they didn't teach you history or grammar in grade school.
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