Fla. House repeals international driving law

Published On: Mar 13 2013 05:54:13 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Florida House has approved a bill repealing a law from last year that requires foreign visitors to have international driving permits.

The bill (HB 7059) passed Wednesday by a vote of 116-0 and now goes to the Senate. It is expected to pass there.

Under the law that took effect in January, foreign drivers who didn't have the $25 permit translating their license information into English could have been charged with driving without a license.

But the state highway department learned that the permit requirement violates an international driving treaty. Canadian tourists who drive to Florida rallied to change the law. About 14 million Canadians visit Florida each year.

International visitors still must have a valid license from their country of residence to drive in Florida.