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Driving in Korea

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Driving in Korea

Hi,

Has anyone used an International Driving License issued in the UAE for driving in Korea lately? I have been denied to hire a car in Jeju just because the license is called International Driving License (under the Vienna Agreement) instead of International Driving Permit.

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Rayleigh, United...
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1. Re: Driving in Korea

Only the IDP is an official document, I'm afraid. The Int. D. Licence is a completely unofficial document and if you look on their website it tells you it has no status.

Certainly in UK the permit is very easy to get and is cheap. Sorry!

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2. Re: Driving in Korea

The permit is a fancy grey document made of paper that lists the rules and validity based on some international convention and is in several langauges.

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3. Re: Driving in Korea

The booklet that I applied and paid for is based on the Vienna Agreement. The rules and regulations are quoted in several languages including Korean. The word ‘permit’ instead of ‘license’ has been used in the English section of the booklet.

The cover of the booklet is as follows:

International Driving License

Permis De Conduire International

By the way, the validity is one year only.

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4. Re: Driving in Korea

Where did you get it from? There are, I'm afraid, lots of bogus firms selling unusable documents but you may just have one that was correctly issued with a wrong name.

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5. Re: Driving in Korea

I got it from the Main Post Office in Dubai which is one of the autourised places. For my application, I had to submit my local driving license and UAE ID. Of course, there is a fee for it.

I used a similar driving license in Japan too.

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in that case, how long have you had your license? I have heard other posters here say that most agencies will not rent if it is valid for less than one year.

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7. Re: Driving in Korea

28 years of driving experience

Rayleigh, United...
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8. Re: Driving in Korea

That all sounds as though you have the right document. Which car rental firm refused you?

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Lotte

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