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    International drivers permit

    Is an international drivers permit required in the US or can I use my Thai car and motorcycle license there. I want to be able to rent a car when I get there so need to know if it's possible with only the Thai license? Thanks for any help.

    I know the process to get the permit here and the cost is 550 baht and 2 pics, signed copy of passport, Thai license and an affidavit of residence. I've looked on Google but don't know for sure.
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    Thai license is ok. What I use on visits to California.
    Some states require IDP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliminator View Post
    Is an international drivers permit required in the US
    Depends on the state. Last visit to the US I checked with New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I would advise you to get one. Pennsylvania doesn't require an International Permit (but an English translation is required). Thai licenses have English translation.

    New Jersey:

    • You may use your country's driver license as proof of driving experience if you have an International Driver Permit issued by your country or if your country is a member of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic and your license is translated into English by a consulate or an MVC approved translator.

    5. Can I drive in Pennsylvania with my Foreign Driver's License?
    Individuals who possess a valid foreign driver's license from their country are authorized to drive in Pennsylvania for up to one year from their date of entry into the United States, or upon expiration of their foreign license, whichever comes first. International driving permits are strongly recommended, but not required.

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    Eli,

    Been home the last 3 years in a row, rented a car each time. No need for the international permit anymore. The new Thai drivers license has your name in English, have you PP with you as well.

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    You can also get on a 1000cc with your Thai mocy license you gained from riding around 5 cones and across a narrow bridge on a scooter

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    Hi AO, I guess you mean for me to have my Pass Port with me to rent a car?

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    I got the drivers permit done after getting my affidavit of residence from my local amphur. Cost was 505 baht for the permit and both car and motorcycle are stamped in the book. I would rather be safe than sorry as I intend to rent a car for a short time when I first get back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliminator View Post
    Is an international drivers permit required in the US or can I use my Thai car and motorcycle license there. I want to be able to rent a car when I get there so need to know if it's possible with only the Thai license? Thanks for any help.

    I know the process to get the permit here and the cost is 550 baht and 2 pics, signed copy of passport, Thai license and an affidavit of residence. I've looked on Google but don't know for sure.
    always use my thai license to drive on and rent car with even thou i hold a California license.
    Was stopped once years ago outside sf and gave the officer the thai license an he askes me what cereal box i got it out of. LOL
    then we just spoke about thailand and he said slow down a bit.
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    I hope this helps?
    Which US states require an international driver's permit?
    Each U.S. state can and does set there own driving laws. If you are from a non English speaking country it is best to have a IDP as it is an English translation of your foreign drivers license.

    1,Alabama: Yes, 16/+
    2,Alaska: Yes, 90 days,16/+
    3,Arizona: Yes
    4,Arkansas: No, IDP required
    5,California: Yes, 18+
    6,Colorado: Yes, 16+
    7,Connecticut: No, IDP required
    8,Delaware: Yes, 16+
    9,Florida: Yes, 16+
    10,Georgia: Yes
    11,Hawaii: No, IDP required
    12,Idaho: Yes
    13,Illinois: Yes
    14,Indiana: Yes, 16.5+
    15,Iowa: Yes
    16,Kansas: Yes
    17,Kentucky: No,IDP required
    18,Louisiana: Yes, 90 days
    19,Maine: Yes, 16+
    20,Maryland: Yes
    21,Massachusetts: No, IDP required
    22,Michigan: No, IDP required
    23,Minnesota: Yes, 15+
    24,Mississippi: Yes, 60 days, 18+
    25,Missouri: Yes, 16+
    26,Montana: Yes, 15+
    27,Nebraska: Yes, 30 days
    28,Nevada: Yes, 16+
    29,New Hampshire: No, IDP required
    30,New Jersey: No, IDP required
    31,New Mexico: Yes, 15+
    32,New York: Yes
    33,North Dakota: Yes, 16+
    34,Ohio: Yes
    35,Oklahoma: Yes, 16+
    36,Oregan: Yes, 16+
    37,Pennsylvania: Yes, 16+
    38,Rhode Island:, Yes, 16+
    39,North Carolina: Yes, 16+
    40,South Dakota: Yes, 16+
    41,Tennessee: Yes
    42,Texas: No, IDP required
    43,Utah: Yes, 6 months, 16+
    44,Vermont: No, IDP required
    45,Virginia: Yes, 16+
    46,Washington:Yes, 1 Year, 16+
    47,West Virginia: Yes, 90 days, 16+
    48,Wisconsin: No, IDP required
    49, Wyoming: Yes
    50,Washington DC: Yes, 30 days


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    In which US states can I drive with a foreign driver's licence?
    1,Alabama: Yes, 16/+
    2,Alaska: Yes, 90 days,16/+
    3,Arizona: Yes
    4,Arkansas: No, IDP required
    5,California: Yes, 18+
    6,Colorado: Yes, 16+
    7,Connecticut: No, IDP required
    8,Delaware: Yes, 16+
    9,Florida: Yes, 16+
    10,Georgia: Yes
    11,Hawaii: No, IDP required
    12,Idaho: Yes
    13,Illinois: Yes
    14,Indiana: Yes, 16.5+
    15,Iowa: Yes
    16,Kansas: Yes
    17,Kentucky: No,IDP required
    18,Louisiana: Yes, 90 days
    19,Maine: Yes, 16+
    20,Maryland: Yes
    21,Massachusetts: No, IDP required
    22,Michigan: No, IDP required
    23,Minnesota: Yes, 15+
    24,Mississippi: Yes, 60 days, 18+
    25,Missouri: Yes, 16+
    26,Montana: Yes, 15+
    27,Nebraska: Yes, 30 days
    28,Nevada: Yes, 16+
    29,New Hampshire: No, IDP required
    30,New Jersey: No, IDP required
    31,New Mexico: Yes, 15+
    32,New York: Yes
    33,North Dakota: Yes, 16+
    34,Ohio: Yes
    35,Oklahoma: Yes, 16+
    36,Oregan: Yes, 16+
    37,Pennsylvania: Yes, 16+
    38,Rhode Island:, Yes, 16+
    39,North Carolina: Yes, 16+
    40,South Dakota: Yes, 16+
    41,Tennessee: Yes
    42,Texas: No, IDP required
    43,Utah: Yes, 6 months, 16+
    44,Vermont: No, IDP required
    45,Virginia: Yes, 16+
    46,Washington:Yes, 1 Year, 16+
    47,West Virginia: Yes, 90 days, 16+
    48,Wisconsin: No, IDP required
    49, Wyoming: Yes
    50,Washington DC: Yes, 30 days

    Note: Each U.S. state can and does set their own driving laws. If your license does not contain your information in English then it is best to have an IDP as it is an English translation of your foreign driver's license.

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