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Traveling Abroad This Spring or Summer? AAA Texas Helps You Prepare By Offering International Driving Permits in Branch Offices

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(Irving, TX) – Preparation is key when traveling abroad to make sure international business trips and vacations go smoothly.  One important step in the planning process for foreign travel is to secure an International Driving Permit (IDP).  An IDP includes the information on a U.S. driver’s license in ten languages and is accepted in more than 150 countries outside the United States.  

Many popular travel destinations like Greece and Japan, for example, do not recognize the U.S. driver’s license, but do accept an IDP.  Other countries, like Spain and Italy, recognize the U.S. driver’s license, but only in conjunction with a translation from the specific country which is exactly what the IDP provides.

“When traveling overseas, you want to carry an International Driving Permit, even if you’re not planning to drive,” said Rhonda Wilson, AAA Texas VP Branch Operations.  “Should you need to communicate with foreign authorities, this recognizable form of identification will help get you on your way faster.  We’re pleased to provide these documents on the same day in our branch offices to make travel easier for people.”

International Driving Permits are available immediately at AAA Texas branch offices and cost $15.00.  To purchase them you must:

Be at least 18 years old
Have a valid U.S. Driver’s License
Have 2 passport-size photos (photos services offered at AAA branch offices)
Sign an IDP application (also available at AAA branch offices)

The IDP can be used for one year from issue date and must be accompanied by a valid U.S. driver’s license at all times.  International Driving Permits can not be issued more than six (6) months in advance of the desired effective date.  

AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

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