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Is an American drivers license valid in italy

I=Can I drive with it legally or do I have to get a different one? How does that work/

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Country: Italy

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Hey,

by Italian Law you are allowed to use your US driver's license in Italy for up to one year provided you have a certified translation to accompany it. After you have been in Italy for one year you will be expected to get an Italian license. Members of the European Community can have their driver's licenses 'converted' to Italian but U.S. and Canadian citizens have to get a new one (and upon getting an Italian license they have to return their U.S. one).

You can only drive the class of vehicle your license is good for, so note that in Italy you need a different license to drive a motorcycle / car / mini-bus / truck etc. You will need a 'Patente B' to drive a car.

That being said, if you are planning on just a short visit you don't need to worry about any of this, just get yourself a certified translation (into Italian of course) of your license and carry that with you.

Buon viaggio,

Angela
Hi, below is what us embassy says. Have a nice driving around. Ciao. Sara

from:

Driving in Italy

Americans visiting Italy as tourists and intending to drive should obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving the U.S.

If the permit expires while abroad, you may apply for a new one by mail through the American Automobile Association (AAA), Worldwide Travel Dept., 1000 AAA Dr., Heathrow, FL 32746, tel. (407) 444-7000, fax (407) 444-7380.

Tourists may also use their valid American driver's license if accompanied by an Italian translation issued by one of the following offices of the Italian Automobile Club (ACI):

* ACI (Rome office) - via Marsala 14a - Tel: 06-4998-2496
* ACI (Milan office) - corso Venezia 43 - Tel: 02-77451
* ACI (Naples office) - piazzale Vincenzo Tecchio 49d - Tel: 081-725-3811

Americans registered as residents with the local Vital Records Bureau (known as Anagrafe) must apply for an Italian license within one year of the date of registration.

Unfortunately, there is no agreement for reciprocal recognition of drivers' licenses between the United States and Italy. The Italian Ministry of Transportation has determined that bearers of U.S. driver's licenses cannot obtain an Italian license directly in exchange for a domestic one. Interested individuals must comply with the usual requirements prescribed for obtaining an Italian license, (a written test, a driving test, a medical examination, and pertinent documents).
I am sorry but you are not allowed to drive in Italy with your american driver license (unless you are intended to get an italian citizenship: in this case you would need to pass an exam).
I wish you to enjoy Italy eitherways.
Ciao!
I agree with Angela on most parts and I just moved to Italy in August. I went to my local AAA office in the Us and got an International driving permit which has the language translations for all of the countries in the world. Basically it is only a translation but a legal one for sure. It is good for up to one year and is only 20 bucks if I remember correctly.
Buon Viaggio!
Julie
Hi!
Yes, of course your d. license is valid down here.
Where are you planning to go, exactly?
I live in the southernest region (Calabria) and I would be happy to help you if you want to spend some time here.
Calabria is an amazing undiscovered region of Italy, where to reach beautiful mountains in few minutes from a breathtaking coastline and to enjoy typical food and old memorable traditions.
You coul enjoy all kind of sports: from rafting to snorkelling, hiking and horse-riding, birdwatching, climbing or diving,...
I would be very proud to host you here!
Your licence is valid for up to one year, but I advice getting an international licence from AAA before arrival.
I was stopped at a check point by the Polizia, I showed them my US driving license, as I had forgotten my Italian one, and it was OK, they did not tell me anything.
Hi there,
YES, you're totally allowed to drive in Italy with an american license drive and covered by insurance. Make sure you have got all the cars documents.
Cheers
Nancy Aiello
Yes you can! Enjoy the ride!
Hi,
the american Embassy website () says:

Americans visiting Italy as tourists and intending to drive should obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving the U.S.

If the permit expires while abroad, you may apply for a new one by mail through the American Automobile Association (AAA), Worldwide Travel Dept., 1000 AAA Dr., Heathrow, FL 32746, tel. (407) 444-7000, fax (407) 444-7380.

Tourists may also use their valid American driver's license if accompanied by an Italian translation issued by one of the following offices of the Italian Automobile Club (ACI):

* ACI (Rome office) - via Marsala 14a - Tel: 06-4998-2496
* ACI (Milan office) - corso Venezia 43 - Tel: 02-77451
* ACI (Naples office) - piazzale Vincenzo Tecchio 49d - Tel: 081-725-3811

Americans registered as residents with the local Vital Records Bureau (known as Anagrafe) must apply for an Italian license within one year of the date of registration.

Unfortunately, there is no agreement for reciprocal recognition of drivers' licenses between the United States and Italy. The Italian Ministry of Transportation has determined that bearers of U.S. driver's licenses cannot obtain an Italian license directly in exchange for a domestic one. Interested individuals must comply with the usual requirements prescribed for obtaining an Italian license, (a written test, a driving test, a medical examination, and pertinent documents).
Yes it is for up to one year. You should get an international AAA licence in advance.

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