Here’s some important news if you’re not American and thinking of travelling to Florida for #InfoComm13 and want to hire a car and drive anywhere.
A law introduced in Florida, USA, on 1 January 2013 requires all persons who hold a licence issued outside of the US to carry an International Driving Permit along with their national driving licence. Without an IDP, a driver is considered to be driving without a valid licence, which could lead to arrest or a citation with a compulsory court appearance, however…
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has since released a Statement from DHSMV on International Driving Permits. This says that the Florida law will not be enforced until a final determination regarding the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic can be made. Although the DHSMV states the law will not be enforced, theoretically this law still exists so CONSEQUENTLY the AA (still) strongly advises that you should obtain an IDP if you intend to drive in Florida until the possible repeal of the law in March.
The AA has some useful information about the countries in which you are required to have an IDP.
Englanders can get an International Driving Permit over the counter at the Post Office for GBP 5.50 and can apply for one up to three months before their trip.