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Can an American driving license be used in South American countries?

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U.S. driver's licenses are accepted in most South American countries in conjunction with either an International Driving Permit or an Inter-American Driving Permit, according to the U.S. State Department. IDPs can be purchased through the American Automobile Association or the National Driving Club.

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Can an American driving license be used in South American countries?
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The International Driving Permit serves as a translation of a valid driver's license into the local language and is recognized as either a primary or secondary license to drive. IDPs are widely accepted, but the local embassy should be consulted about driving laws, since country-specific requirements vary. An alternate form of the IDP, the Inter-American Driving Permit, is required in Uruguay and Brazil, explains AAA.

As of 2015, the cost of an IDP or IADP is $15, paid to either the American Automobile Association or the National Driving Club. Permits are valid for one year.

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