CSA Renders Their View (final) on Acceptable Driving License

Dear Snowbirds,

 

Despite recent legislative amendments made in Florida, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is NOT REQUIRED in order for a visitor to legally operate a vehicle in the state.

Immediately after learning of the requirement to obtain an International Driving Permit, the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) contacted the Governor of Florida’s office and expressed our strong concerns. We stressed our firm opposition to the requirement and noted the significant impact it would have on Canadians who are so critical to the economy of Florida. We were assured by the Governor’s office that this was not the intent and that changes to the legislation would be made. We emphasized that an immediate short-term solution would need to be put in place as the Florida Legislature would not be in session until March. This would ensure that our members currently in Florida would not be negatively impacted by the law during their stay.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV)  issued a statement confirming that the Florida Highway Patrol would  defer enforcement of the law. Further, the statement also revealed that  the DHSMV “will be working with the Florida Legislature in the coming  months to ensure that the law reflects Florida’s rich history of  welcoming our friends from around the world to the Sunshine State.” The  CSA remains confident that a permanent solution for all Canadians is  imminent.

In regards to the CSA Automobile Insurance Program (a CSA Member  Benefit), the underwriter, Novex Group Insurance, has confirmed that it  will not use this law to deny any claim made in accordance with its  policies. The CSA would like to ensure its members that it will assist  any snowbird in the unlikely event that a Canadian insurer attempts to  decline a claim based on this new law.

Keep up-to-date on the latest developments, concerning this and  other important snowbird issues, by accessing the Canadian Snowbird  Association website at www.snowbirds.org.

 

Sincerely, bob slack signature
Bob Slack President Canadian Snowbird Association www.snowbirds.org
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