Gene LaDoucer (701) 282-6222

26 August 2008

AAA is urging U.S. residents who plan to drive while traveling abroad to avoid purchasing fraudulent International Driving Permits (IDP), especially over the Internet.

Authentic IDPs and Inter-American Driving Permits (IADPs) are official translations of a motorist’s driver’s license for use when driving in another country. AAA is one of just two organizations authorized by the U.S. State Department to sell the documents to valid U.S. driver’s license holders. The American Automobile Touring Alliance is the other.

An IDP costs $15 from AAA and can be purchased by anyone 18 years or older who presents a valid U.S. driver’s license at any of the more than 1,100 AAA offices around the country, or by mail following instructions at

The Federal Trade Commission has previously alerted consumers to these scams, while putting the offending marketers on notice that this conduct won’t be tolerated. According to AAA, these scams can lead innocent travelers to spend hundreds of dollars for false documents and could result in legal problems or travel delays if a person is detained while using it to drive in a foreign country. The FTC’s consumer alert on IDPs can be found on its web site at