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International Driving Permit

Posted: Fri Feb 9, 2024 4:08pm
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MightyMo

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Please can somebody advise 

I am English 72 years old resident in Spain holding a French driving license. 

I am looking to rent a car in the UK but have been informed by Europcar that I need an International driving permit.

Please does any one know how I would go about this. 

TIA

Alicia 11

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2024 9:13am

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Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2024 9:13am

check on Gov.uk for info on driving in UK on foreign licences.  Some hire companies are saying you need one and some don't so try another hire company.

MightyMo

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2024 10:31am

MightyMo

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Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2024 10:31am

Thank you for the good advice 

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John99andrew

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2024 3:20pm

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Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2024 3:20pm

MightyMo wrote on Sat Feb 10, 2024 10:31am:

Thank you for the good advice 

That is strange, I am Spanish resident uk passport holder when we visit uk always hire a car they always accept the Spanish driving licence never ask for a driving permit 

chrisso50

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2024 7:52pm

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Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2024 7:52pm

We have regularly hired in the UK using Spanish licences. Never been asked for an IDP but … as I’m over 70 some car hire companies won’t hire to me - so my wife has to do the driving. Or we have to pay more. Bonkers, I know.

Chris

davidn

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2024 10:17am

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Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2024 10:17am

I have used Europcar in the UK recently and their website confirms they do not require an International Driving Licence if your non UK licence is in Latin characters. Your French licence (and my Spanish licence) are in Latin characters as opposed to Chinese,Russian, Indian etc etc. Hope this helps.

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