Gov. Scott Signs Repeal of Int'l. Driving Permits Law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It's a victory for snowbirds heading the Florida from Canada. Gov. Rick Scott has signed a repeal of a law requiring foreign visitors to have international driving permits.
The governor signed the repeal (HB 7059) on Tuesday at the Florida Chamber of Commerce's International Days event in Tallahassee.
Under a law that took effect in January, foreign drivers who didn't have a $25 permit translating their license information into English could have been charged with driving without a license. But the state highway department learned the permit requirement violates an international driving treaty.
Canadian tourists who drive to Florida surged online to ask that the law be changed. About 14 million Canadians visit Florida each year.
International visitors still must have a valid license from their country of residence to drive.