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#1 warenina

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 01:49 AM

Hi,

Anyone knows if its legal and fine for me to drive around the Philippines with my US DL license?
I got a Phil DL but already expired, I want to renew it but I only got 2 weeks vacation there. So why waste time and money.
Please let me know if it is legal to drive using my US DL.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:25 AM

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:28 AM

Can I drive to Philippines with my US driver's license?

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:29 AM

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Can I drive to Philippines with my US driver's license?

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 06:40 AM

QUOTE(Paul Orr @ Aug 21 2008, 02:29 PM) View Post
I know, I know.........your a pilot, right?



I have an american friend he got an international license and he drive in phil legally

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:54 AM

In US go to a AAA office and ask for International Driving Permit. Or you can print out this application from the National Automobile Club and mail it in. This permit along with your US license makes you legal in most countries

In Canada go to a CAA office and ask for International Driving Permit. This permit along with your Canadian license makes you legal in most countries

For an explanation of what this is read what Driver Guide found when they researched this. (This is a site that tries to supply drivers for that mystery device you just hooked up to your computer tongue.gif )

US State Dept. on driving around the world

This permit applies to drivers from all countries that are party to the treaty, not just US drivers. Contact the motoring association in the country that issued your driver's license for info on how to get an IDP.
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile has links to it's member auto clubs.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:58 AM

QUOTE(Fritz @ Aug 21 2008, 04:54 PM) View Post
In US go to a AAA office and ask for International Driving Permit. Or you can print out this application from the National Automobile Club and mail it in. This permit along with your US license makes you legal in most countries

In Canada go to a CAA office and ask for International Driving Permit. This permit along with your Canadian license makes you legal in most countries

For an explanation of what this is read what Driver Guide found when they researched this. (This is a site that tries to supply drivers for that mystery device you just hooked up to your computer tongue.gif )

US State Dept. on driving around the world

This permit applies to drivers from all countries that are party to the treaty, not just US drivers. Contact the motoring association in the country that issued your driver's license for info on how to get an IDP.
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile has links to it's member auto clubs.

Happy motoring
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do you know if there is any fee to apply for this?

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 01:24 PM

QUOTE(amiablemhaze @ Aug 21 2008, 04:58 AM) View Post
do you know if there is any fee to apply for this?



Did you follow the link Fritz provided in his very informative post?



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Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:12 PM

Forget that AAA stuff. Just a waste of time.

Yes, you can use your US DL license.

Read here: http://manila.usemba...v/wwwha018.html

and here: http://www.lto.gov.ph/dls_faq.html


Have done it with NO problems.

Edited by DrDisk, 21 August 2008 - 05:14 PM.


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Posted 21 August 2008 - 06:01 PM

QUOTE(DrDisk @ Aug 21 2008, 12:12 PM) View Post
Forget that AAA stuff. Just a waste of time.

Yes, you can use your US DL license.

Read here: http://manila.usemba...v/wwwha018.html

and here: http://www.lto.gov.ph/dls_faq.html
Have done it with NO problems.


THANK YOU DrDisk! I will only be driving for 2 weeks in the Phils, thanks again for the information.

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 04:57 AM

It is noted also in the Driver.com article that in English speaking countries you can usually get by without it since the local police can read your license. Check with your insurance company though. They may require an IDP when outside US regardless of local requirements.

Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand, US driver's licenses are valid in all of those countries. US & Mexico also recognize each other's licenses. There are some European countries that do not recognize foreign license without IDP and it's real value is in countries where English is not used and the IDP gives the important details in 20 different languages. For example US recognizes German driver's license as valid, but can the deputy in Iowa read it? He can read the English portion of the IDP smile.gif

Good to know that Philippines is an additional country that does not require IDP for Americans.

The fee for IDP is US$15 in US, CAN$15 in Canada, internationally fees vary but normally range from US$10 to US$15 payable in local currency.

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