International Driving Permit: Tutorial

Police officers are not trained in Law or International Law! They operate under police procedure and have been given the power of ‘discretion.’ Many officers have no knowledge and have never even seen an IDP. Some may even tell you that an IDP is not valid. Never argue the subject of validity, as police officers hate to appear ignorant. If anything, simply state that the IDP was purchased in the ‘country of issue’, and to the best of your knowledge and belief it is perfectly lawful. Tell the officer that (if need be), you will save your arguments for the judge (if a citation is to be issued.)

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