But even in countries that do not it is a good idea and such an inexpensive and easy item to obtain. I've never needed one to rent a car in Italy, but it is a legal requirement, so I get one. And in that regard I also encourage you to take out the local insurance offered when you pick up the car, as much coverage as you can get. Age Limits Minimum and maximum age limits for renting a car vary by country, type of car, and rental company. If the law requires it, then you could have a problem if you don't have it.
Central Athens area restricts car access to reduce congestion, but these restrictions do not apply to rental cars or those owned by foreigners in the country for a short stay. Your insurance will be invalidated because technically you will have been driving illegally. State your travel plans up front to the rental company when you book. Remember to use your seat belts when driving in Greece. Licenses: To renew or replace a U. Again, you must be 18 years old or older with a valid U.
It's not a license, but rather a paper booklet that offers a translation into many different languages. If you plan to rent a car while in a foreign country, you'll likely need an International Driving Permit. That said, I've never been asked to show one. The answer isn't going to change! The Greek Consulate will then forward the statement to the appropriate Transportation Department in Greece. I don't know specifically whether they are legally required in Greece. Failure to have both documents may result in police detention or other problems. Drivers over age 70 may have trouble renting in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Greece, Northern Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey; drivers over 80 may have trouble in Denmark.
Getting an International Drivers license is not the hassle it used to be and there are companies that offer them on-line. Children 10 years old or younger are required to sit in the back seat. Passports, Driver's Licenses, and International Driving Permits Whether you're American or Canadian, your passport and driver's license are all you need in most European countries. StCirq makes a point I want to comment on. Some states issue licenses only to those who actually reside in that state; if an applicant no longer resides in the U.
Edited: 3:46 pm, July 23, 2011 Thank you all, now I understand completely the issues on this! If you believe you've been sold a fake International Driving Permit, report the fraud using the. Ask your car-rental company if you need any other documentation for crossing the borders on your itinerary. Play it safe by for the state s in which you plan to drive. In case police stop you, they are entitled to give you a fine etc, as you drive illegaly under Greek laws. You'll be in a foreign country and there won't be a claims adjuster handy. It's a good idea to get one if you'll be driving in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, or Spain — countries where you're technically required to carry a permit.
We too think these are a senseless waste of money and hadn't had one for about 10 years. You can find the appropriate embassy on the State Department's guide to , and if these agencies can't provide you with driving regulations, they can point you in the direction of where to find them. Some companies allow you to take a rental car from Britain to the Continent or to Ireland, but be prepared to pay high surcharges and extra drop-off fees. HappyTrvlr and flanneruk There is some confusion here. Good to be on the safe side, and I really appreciate the advice to take pictures of the before I even get in it. Passengers in the front are required to by law but everyone should use them.
Additionally, you might be able to apply while you're already abroad. We'll help you learn the differences on our guide to. And yes, I took out every possible insurance while in Greece due to being paranoid about something bad happening husband wasn't with my daughter and I. Many companies will not rent a car to someone under age 21 with some exceptions, depending on the country and type of car , but those who are at least 25 years old should have no problem. I have finally succumbed, after not bothering to get one for the past ten years. But in both countries it is a legal requirement to have one. If you are stopped by the police for any reason and do not have one you could be in real trouble.
If you do not have one, you will have no recourse on anything. Our rental car agency insisted that we have it before I received the keys to the car. Those foreigners who do live in Athens must follow the odd-even license plate rules which allow you to circulate in the center of the city depending on what number your plates end with. Frenchman and I were done with the cops in about half an hour. No test is required, but you must have a valid Native Drivers Licence and be 18 years of age or older. If you're considered too young or too old, look into , which has less stringent age restrictions.
They want your money so are not about to make it difficult for you. I can't find my old one and don't remember seeing any Greek writing on it. Contact the Regional Office of Transportation and Communication for more information. Naturally, actions like drunk driving and distracted driving are dangerous anywhere in the world, but what about other specific laws? For emergency assistance dial 104 and 154. All that matters is whether or not the laws of any of the countries you will be driving in require that you have one. The Embassy is not authorized by any state to renew or replace driver licenses, nor can the Embassy administer driving or eye tests. We encourage you to contact the Greek Consulate for current detailed information regarding this procedure.