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Author Topic: [Poll: 2013.9 ]: Should an International Driving Permit be required for Canadi... Back to Topics
JT
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:01:00 AM

Should an International Driving Permit be required for Canadians visiting the US and vice versa?
Yes
No
No opinion

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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 3:08:38 AM

Hydrogen hays: "If Canada hands out their licenses in a cereal box, then yes."

Well that bit of insulting insanity added absolutely nothing of use to a discussion that was pretty dumb anyway.
Far too many think there is actually an International Driving Licence, for which there is some kind of test, and there is no such thing. The IDP is simply a translation of a driver licence into several languages including English, it has the same licence number as the original, the same level, and the same restrictions. My licence is already in English.
This topic is well past the "best before" date.
rwm1
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2013 2:10:57 AM

No. Stupid idea.
saluki2011
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 7:19:12 PM

No way, Canada is the best friend this country has. I do not think most people realise it.
Hydrogen
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 8:50:21 AM

If Canada hands out their licenses in a cereal box, then yes. If they do an adequate job of screening before issuing, then no.
snirt
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2013 1:29:43 AM

no
HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 8:39:30 AM

nO
NakedDriver
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 1:50:54 PM

ə no. not necessary. ə
AgouraGuy1
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 10:03:29 AM

NO!
OriginalBudman
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 11:50:24 PM

rumbleseat makes an excellent point - as always. Thank you, sir.
BDNNOD
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 5:20:54 PM

SURE ... WHY NOT?? I THINK ITS A 'GREAT' WAY TO GET AN IDEA OF WHO ELSE IS OUT THERE ON THE ROADS DRIVING NEXT TO YOU AND WHERE THET'RE GOING AND COMING FROM. YOU MIGHT JUST MEET-UP WITH SOME OF THEM SOMEWHERE, AND DECIDE YOU MIGHT WANT TO HEAD OUT ON THE ROAD AND SEE WHAT THEIR COUNTRY LIVING MIGHT BE LIKE AND JUST HOW MUCH DIFFERENT IT MIGHT BE FROM YOUR OWN.
snapper06
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 7:37:59 PM

No
coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 11:42:00 AM

no
coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 12:00:04 AM

no not at all.
coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2013 12:02:51 PM

no
rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2013 2:46:37 AM

Chulie13 says: "Why not, We need a passport to enter Canada. They don't need one for here."

Wow, you really don't know your own country at all, do you?
A passport is required to enter the USA!
It is actually not required to enter Canada, but has been made necessary!
We have to ask Americans to produce passports when they come to Canada because if we don't, they are stuck here, they can't go home!
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), was introduced in 2004 by the U.S. government, and it requires Americans returning to the US to have passports.
Canadians also require passports to visit the US. Exceptions are made for some equivalent documents, such as Enhanced Driver Licences issued by some provinces and states.

[Edited by: rumbleseat at 3/24/2013 2:52:19 AM EST]
gizmojoe
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2013 1:39:47 AM

no
Chulie13
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2013 3:32:24 PM

Why not, We need a passport to enter Canada. They don't need one for here.
coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 8:45:48 PM

no
jdevlin
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 8:06:41 AM

It should not be required.
rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 8:12:10 AM

"The 9/11 terrorists came in through the Canadian border in Wa. state."

Um, no, that has been proven to be a false statement many times, and it is ridiculous that anybody still believes that. You call another Gasbuddy stupid (against the rules here in GasBuddy by the way), yet you go ahead and post inaccurate information as if it was gospel.

The 19 hijackers entered through U.S. airports showing immigration personnel passports – often doctored or newly acquired to hide prior travel – and visas acquired often with incomplete or inaccurate information. This is from "9/11 And Terrorist Travel":
Chapter 2, "The September 11 Travel Operation," is a detailed account of how each hijacker acquired a visa and entered the United States. In all, they had 25 contacts with consular officers and 43 contacts with immigration and customs authorities. They began acquiring their visas in April 1999 and began entering the country in December 2000. They successfully entered the United States 33 times over 21 months, through nine airports of entry, most of which were on the East Coast.
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The 9/11 hijackers entered on visas granted to them by US authorities. There have been studies covering quite a few other terrorists.
The Open Door: How Militant Islamic Terrorists Entered and Remained in the United States, 1993-2001
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And what the heck any of that has to do with whether or not a Canadian tourist should be forced to carry an IDP, which isn't even a government document, I fail to understand.

[Edited by: rumbleseat at 3/15/2013 8:15:15 AM EST]
Jeeputtputt
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 5:20:19 PM

no opinion- not my job.....
biker1600
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 2:52:17 PM

This reply is for Santo1922. I can't believe how stupid you are. The 9/11 terrorists came in through the Canadian border in Wa. state. I do believe though that we need to regulate wh's driving in from Mexico. They can't even speak English, or read traffic signs.
sunnyz
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 4:14:58 PM

More taxes, no good reason for IDP.
RZF350
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 5:33:00 PM

No. Not broken, don't fix it.
gazguzzler11
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 2:41:59 PM

to whitebear1883

To you & all the others posting similar comments, what you have posted has absolutely nothing to do with an IDP.

Read what rumbleseat posted just ahead of your comment for a very simple explanation of what an IDP is.

If that doesn't do it for you, then go further down to my comment posted Mar 2, 2013 3:22:59 PM
whitebear1883
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 12:43:37 AM

No reason to whatsoever. Beyond speed limits and units of measure, there is no difference in traffic laws or anything whatsoever. I've driven in Canada many times, and it's no big deal.
rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 8:38:33 PM

And the smallest drug conviction can keep somebody out of the US. But neither has anything to do with the silly idea of asking Canadians to carry an IDP when Canada doesn't require an IDP for visitors from the US.
Again, I don't know how many times it can be said, and IDP is simply a translation of a driver licence into several languages. It is required in Europe where it is possible to travel to several countries with different languages in only a day or two.

[Edited by: rumbleseat at 3/8/2013 8:42:03 PM EST]
PaulChristenson
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 6:02:38 PM

Make sure you have never been convicted of a DUI when entering Canada...
http://www.illinoisduilawyer.com/il-dui-lawyer/oh-canada-entering-canada-with-a-dui-on-your-background
gizmojoe
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:59:56 PM

No
gazguzzler11
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:55:09 PM

An IDP has nothing to do with road signs, insurance, taking any kind of a test, speed in mph or kph, driving on the R or L side, road signs, laws or anything else that you can dream up.

All that an IDP is is a document that translates your DL into 10 different languages so that if you're driving in any of the 150 countries that recognize an IDP they can understand what your DL says. It does not replace your DL.

And regarding those adding passport comments, US citizens are not required to have a passport to enter Canada http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/security-securite/admiss-eng.html However, everybody, including US citizens, have to show a passport to enter the USA. This is why Americans need a passport if they are going to visit Canada because without one they won't be allowed to go back home.
18andLife
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:06:01 PM

No International Driving Permit. Canadians could be reminded of the US speed limits when they cross the border, but otherwise they drive no worse than Americans and there is no good reason for an additional permit.
IMEMANON
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 4:12:12 PM

this sounds like a virtual fence to me. just the costs which would be thought up in terms of licensing fees for both countries would should be enough to say no to this.
captjgbaker
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 12:49:24 PM

There is no good reason to do this. Absolutely not!
darciecal
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2013 9:44:14 AM

No. Why create more regulations and just make things harder? If I go to Canada I want to jump through as few hoops as possible.
dongo50
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 7:04:57 AM

no
sonicmustang
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 2:09:06 AM

Get real why would a special permit be required? We drive on the same side of the road.
FireShadow
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 11:26:19 PM

absolutely not! would any American who has traveled freely on their American driver's license want to be required to secure the same; I do not think so! I know that once I cross the broader the rules of the road are the same and I practice the same courtesy of the road way and Canadian driver's have extended the same to me!
OKRifle
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 9:43:23 PM

Do ya think perhaps Florida has the message about now?
esmith512
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 9:02:16 PM

Canada and the U.S. are adjacent countries with highly similar societies, political lineages, attitudes, common origins, and a mutually intentionally unfortified border. Canadians are our friends and Canada is a national cousin and national best friend. Bordering provinces and states have a natural, normal, and friendly crossover of each country's citizens to their great mutual benefit. Requiring an International Driving Permit for Canadians and U.S. Citizens would send a restrictive signal that would be unnatural, unhappy, and very unpopular to our mutual relationship. I have Canadian friends and regard their provincial driver's license as I would my friends from any other U.S. state. Just as the U.S. and Canada both have visa waivers with each other, the best solution would the maintenance of our current relationship which allow our respective citizens to drive on the roads of both countries.
awillisant
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 7:41:23 PM

no
Santo1992
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 7:27:50 PM

Abolutley not. exspcially, when you have states that borders CN.
i.e. ON-MN-MI-QB MB-MN-ND-Sk, so forth and so on.
and by the way, this post is talking about Canada. it has nothing to do with Mexico. however, I do see the point, only if one has a positive Attitude. as fair as blaming Mr. Obama about he bordr. the problem has alwasys been their, and Bush is just as the problem. therefore, how tight was the MX and US border on 09-11-01. vs the USA and CN?
Road-Runner
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 6:55:06 PM

No problems and no solutions needed. The present arrangement where states and provinces recognize the other nation's drivers licenses is just fine. The U.S. and Canada are probably the best neighbors on the planet!
gaspricepasser
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 6:25:40 PM

I live in Florida. We are overrun with Canadian drivers who apparently normally travel by dogsleds. The Quebec license plate logo, "Je me souviens," roughly translates to, "I drive like an idiot." There is even a term of art for being "souviened," when you are suddenly caught on the highway, behind a car doing 45mph in the left lane.
dhrgfh
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 4:40:49 PM

No! What a stupid idea. Last time I checked Canadians and Americans speak the same language.

Another form of increasing taxes.
AlTraveler
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 4:22:06 PM

no
CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 4:07:17 PM

No! And frankly, I'm shocked that 15% voted yes.
jorjab
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 3:53:13 PM

why woudl it be necessary -
Gas_Eyes
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 3:31:14 PM

Should not.
gazguzzler11
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 3:22:59 PM

People are still posting comments about the IDP without any idea what this document is so here goes again
##########################################################################
An IDP has nothing to do with road signs, insurance, taking any kind of a test, speed in mph or kph, driving on the R or L side, road signs, laws or anything else that you can dream up.

All that an IDP is is a document that translates your DL into 10 different languages so that if you're driving in any of the 150 countries that recognize an IDP they can understand what your DL says. It does not replace your DL.

And regarding those adding passport comments, US citizens are not required to have a passport to enter Canada http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/security-securite/admiss-eng.html However, everybody, including US citizens, have to show a passport to enter the USA. This is why Americans need a passport if they are going to visit Canada because without one they won't be allowed to go back home.

[Edited by: gazguzzler11 at 3/2/2013 3:23:32 PM EST]
AcuraTSX
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 2:39:12 PM

No. Waste of time and money.
zacksnanny
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 2:36:44 PM

NO
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