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post #1 of 28 Old 02-14-2013, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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International Driver's License now required in Florida!

The news this morning says that non-residents must now have an International Driver's License if they wish to drive in Florida!

Evidently law-makers there say it was a mistake to require Canadians to have one and will eventually correct it but in the meanwhile you need to get one if you want to drive down there.

Here's a link:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013...ng_permit.html


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post #2 of 28 Old 02-14-2013, 10:08 AM
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Stay cool ...

If you present yourself as a reasonable person, the hypothetical Florida LEO will treat you in a reasonable fashion. We have, for sure, our share of hard-nosed cops, but I do not think this silly law should deter a Canadian from visiting Florida, with just an ordinary Ontario or Saskatchewan license.

In the other direction, I am supposed to acquire a permit from my insurance company to drive in Canada. GEICO calls it a "Canadian Non-Resident Insurance ID Card". Sometimes I remember to get one, and sometimes I do not. And it doesn't seem to matter a lot. A Toronto cop stopped me because the strap of my helmet went through a chin-cup and around my chin, a dingus now considered unreliable and illegal in Ontario. I removed it and discarded it, and routed the strap under my chin. He was satisfied by the ordinary insurance certificate and made no mention of the missing International permit.

If you prove me wrong, just let me know,
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PS: Coincidence - I am watching StarChoice channel 390 just now,
and sure enough CBC news is telling me about the requirement.

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Would those same individuals scream if they got busted for driving in Canada with their paltry Florida license?
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The Sunshine State Xenophobes snuck one in, eh?

The next thing you know they'll be confiscating your Rush cassettes at the border.

Let me remind the migrating masses from the North Country that you could cut your travel in half, save on sunblock and enjoy some world class motorcycling and white-water kayaking in shirt sleeve (for Canadians, anyways) weather in the Great North State. We have beaches, mountains and a laissez-faire attitude toward home distillation of spirits.


We would appreciate it if you limit your Rush tapes to just the instrumental numbers, please.

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A Toronto cop stopped me because the strap of my helmet went through a chin-cup and around my chin, a dingus now considered unreliable and illegal in Ontario.
I'd say you deserved to get pulled over for that. Time to join the 21st century

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The law has been put on hold. Reasonableness win?

Canadian driver's licences valid in Florida, after all - World - CBC News

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The Sunshine State Xenophobes snuck one in, eh?

The next thing you know they'll be confiscating your Rush cassettes at the border.

Let me remind the migrating masses from the North Country that you could cut your travel in half, save on sunblock and enjoy some world class motorcycling and white-water kayaking in shirt sleeve (for Canadians, anyways) weather in the Great North State. We have beaches, mountains and a laissez-faire attitude toward home distillation of spirits.


We would appreciate it if you limit your Rush tapes to just the instrumental numbers, please.
You should work for NC tourism!
you convinced me!
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The Sunshine State Xenophobes snuck one in, eh?

The next thing you know they'll be confiscating your Rush cassettes at the border.

Let me remind the migrating masses from the North Country that you could cut your travel in half, save on sunblock and enjoy some world class motorcycling and white-water kayaking in shirt sleeve (for Canadians, anyways) weather in the Great North State. We have beaches, mountains and a laissez-faire attitude toward home distillation of spirits.


We would appreciate it if you limit your Rush tapes to just the instrumental numbers, please.
HAHA....BEing from NC and living in Fla for the past 33 years, i totally agree. the whitewater is the best but the shine is better in charleston. But before this thread gets locked up because the admins think the thread is going nowhere, i just want to say

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Florida will not enforce it. Bit on $$$.

Florida will not enforce Canadian drivers license law | HeraldTribune.com

Understand, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, our local bird-cage liner,
does not speak for Florida, but I see my above prediction coming true.

Florida says that its purpose was to make sure that police would see a document in English. How is a cop to make sense of a license that is printed in a foreign language? There are hundreds of languages, and the International Driver License provides all the information in several languages, English included.

So y'all come to Florida, and bring lots of greenbacks. Now that your loonies are not made with alloy from Tennessee (they WERE, you know!!!) please get THOSE translated and do not try to spend them here. (In 2012, I found a loonie in a dumpster in Florida!)

Your dollar is fluctuating a lot, sometimes above ours and sometimes below. When it is up, carpe the diem and go to TDCanadaTrust and get some converted. I do not believe Timothy Leary's prediction that the loonie will reach US$1.07 any time soon.

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