Georgia rescinds international driving premit requirement

Release date : Jul 20, 2016

Toronto – The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) announced Thursday, that after multiple discussions between the CSA and representatives from the state of Georgia, the requirement of non-English driver’s licence holders to possess an International Driving Permit (IDP), while operating a vehicle in the state, will be rescinded. This policy change, which will come into effect on January 1, 2017, will only require Québec travellers to present their passport and provincial driver’s licence if prompted.

“Having this requirement revoked is a huge win for the snowbirds of Québec, many of whom travel through the state of Georgia on an annual basis.” said Bob Slack, president of the Canadian Snowbird Association.

A similar policy reversal was made in Florida in 2013, when the CSA actively petitioned government representatives to overturn a law requiring all foreign drivers to be in possession of an International Driving Permit in order to legally operate a motor vehicle in the state.

The Canadian Snowbird Association is an over 100,000 member, non-profit, non-partisan organization representing Canadian travellers from across the country. The CSA works in partnership with government and business to educate and advocate on behalf of all travelling Canadians, helping to ensure access to safe, healthy travel with no restrictions on freedom of movement.