International driver's permit

by lorenzo @, Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 11:31 (14 days ago)

Vacation time!

Next week, I'm off to the U.S., and then on to Spain. Car rental in Spain requires an IDP. AAA in the U.S. requires a U.S. driver's licence to issue an international permit. Mine, of course, is Mexican.

Does anyone know a place in Zihua to obtain an IDP? I suspect it is unlikely, but would be thrilled if possible.

It would be a shame to miss the week-long wine festival in La Rioja.

International driver's permit

by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 16:08 (14 days ago) @ lorenzo

In the US, go to a AAA Travel Center- they offer International Drivers Licences. When we went to Poland 2 years ago, I went to a local AAA office in Lexington. They may be able to help you.

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by BL @, Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 18:11 (14 days ago) @ lorenzo

Check with the rental company, we were in Spain and France a couple of years ago and our US license sufficed. Can't remember if we did Avis or Hertz.

Best of lucks!

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 19:52 (14 days ago) @ BL

But he doesn't have a US drivers license, just like us!

Hopefully a few phone calls to Spain or corporate will help. On line chat is always good, too.

Good Luck!

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by BL @, Thursday, September 05, 2019, 17:25 (13 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We did not have an IDP, only US license. That is my comment: to check other vendors that DO NOT require IDP.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Thursday, September 05, 2019, 16:48 (13 days ago) @ lorenzo

We did a Mediterranean Cruse a few years ago. After the Cruise flew down to Malaga for a week. We rented a car thru our Travel Club in the States and did not need a International Drivers License but in Poland 2 years ago we we needed one to pick up our car. (Funny thing, the car cost more than our unit at a resort- was in January. We drove all over the Malaga area and also did the fast ferry to Tangiers for a day- will never forget the Casaba and the peddlers changing their merchandise about every other block. I thank it depends on the Rental agency or where you are coming from- we have used Euro Car most of the time in Europe and most of the time their rates are better- really surprising the difference in cost between a automatic versus a stick.

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by lorenzo @, Thursday, September 05, 2019, 17:47 (13 days ago) @ Paulf

Thanks, All!

I have emailed 4 car rental agencies in Spain. I'll post the results.

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by lorenzo @, Friday, September 06, 2019, 07:02 (12 days ago) @ lorenzo

Alas, an International driver's permit is now a European Union regulation for all non-EU drivers.

AAA-US says, sorry, only issued with US driver's license.

Spanish car rental agencies confirmed the requirement.

As an old retired marketing director, my favorite answer was the automated rely from a rental agency, "Thank you for your inquiry...etc. We are very busy at the moment and will respond within 10 to 15 days."

One may obtain an IDP from Zihua through a combination of internet and mail. but it takes more time than I have. My flight departs next Tuesday. My bad. I should have researched this earlier.

The La Rioja wine festival will just have to struggle along without me. Sigh...

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by nicatnit, Saturday, September 07, 2019, 07:58 (11 days ago) @ lorenzo

I travel throughout Europe frequently and though you are correct that the IDP is technically required in EU countries, I’ve never been asked to show it. When I first rented a car in Italy, I presented it, but the rental agent told me that my license and passport was all I needed. After that I let my IDP lapse (typically good for 1 year). Now I just show my license and passport and no problems. My suggestion would be to just try and rent the car. I have a US drivers license. The worst they can say is no. But my sense is that you will get the car and be able to go to the wine festival that sounds pretty awesome.

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by lorenzo @, Saturday, September 07, 2019, 09:04 (11 days ago) @ nicatnit

Two years ago in London, they would not rent without an IDP. In Milan, on the same trip, they asked for an IDP. After 15 minutes of friendly conversation (whimpering?), they let me have the car. I agree it is possible, but hardly predictable.

I wasn't planning to rent a car this year and only discovered the wine festival this week - too late to acquire an IDP. It would be a shame, after a 3-hour train ride, to not be able to visit the vineyards. Logrono is a small town, perhaps they will be more flexible.

Thanks for your input.

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by Paulf @, Mount Sterling, Ky 40353, Saturday, September 07, 2019, 13:14 (11 days ago) @ lorenzo

Seams odd, 2 years ago I needed IDL to rent a car in Poland, but when I rented a car at the Athens International Airport last year I was not asked for one- when renting the car online, a IDL was not required (I still had it with me from the Poland trip).

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by nicatnit, Sunday, September 08, 2019, 09:56 (10 days ago) @ lorenzo

Maybe I’ve just been lucky. I’m glad to have read your post. In a little less than two weeks I’m traveling to the UK and then to France and for the nominal cost of the permit I’m going to get one just in case.

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International driver'sLogroño looks awesome busses

by Emmet ⌂ @, Seattle WA, Sunday, September 08, 2019, 11:44 (10 days ago) @ lorenzo

International driver'sLogroño looks awesome busses

by lorenzo @, Sunday, September 08, 2019, 14:22 (10 days ago) @ Emmet

Thank you for the link.

I probably have not mentioned that I am recuperating from two broken hips; mobility is not my strong suit.

I have been a wine geek for more than 40 years and have developed a plan that is usually quite rewarding for me. I like to choose the wineries I visit. I'm not very fond of commercial tours - usually to very commercial wineries. Alas, my plan is car-based.

I research the wineries; call for an appointment (private tour); try to establish rapport with the winemaker; learn about his techniques; and, quite often, the visit ends with the winemaker sharing his best efforts of a few vintages.

I'll probably go to the festival anyway. Many of the events take place in town.

Thanks to all of you for sharing suggestions.

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International driver'sLogroño looks awesome busses

by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Monday, September 09, 2019, 08:56 (9 days ago) @ lorenzo