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Getting Prepared For The Philippines => Driving and Vehicles in RP => Topic started by: on January 05, 2008, 04:55:32 AM

Title: Licensed Driving in the RP & International Driver\'s Licenses
Post by: on January 05, 2008, 04:55:32 AM
The United States is a party to a United Nations treaty that gives residents of one country the right to drive in other countries using the driver\'s license issued by the government where they live. This treaty created the international driving permit to make this arrangement easier. An IDP translates your state-issued driver\'s license into 10 languages so you can show it to officials in foreign countries to help them interpret your driver\'s license. If you\'re a U.S. resident, an IDP is useless within the U.S. or English speaking countries.  IDPs are not intended to replace state-issued driver\'s licenses and should be used only as a supplement to a valid license when traveling in a foreign country. In addition, IDPs are not proof of identity.

A driver\'s license is a card that lets you drive a motor vehicle legally. It is issued by the state where you live, but allows you to drive anywhere in the U.S. and Canada as well as the Philippines for 90 days. A driver\'s license also serves as valid proof of your identity to law enforcement officials. States require that you pass a series of exams to get your first license: a written exam on the \"rules of the road,\" an eye test, and a road test. States also require that you provide proof of your identity, such as a passport, a valid driver\'s license from another state, or a birth certificate.

If you\'re caught in the Philippines using an IDP in place of a Philippine or state-issued driver\'s license, the consequences can be severe. You could be charged with driving without a license or driving with a suspended or revoked license. If you can\'t produce proof of your identity (for example, a valid driver\'s license, a state-issued identification card, valid immigration documents, or a passport), the officer can assume that you\'re trying to withhold your identity and arrest you.