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Old Feb 19th 2012, 5:03 pm
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Can someone please tell me if I am able to drive in the UK on my US licence? I am visiting the UK for a month next week and I am not clear as to if an International Permit is required or I can just use my US licence.

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Old Feb 19th 2012, 5:19 pm
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US licence should be fine are you renting a car? Just make sure you are insured on whatever you drive. I know people may say d'oh but be surprised at number that dont check!
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Can someone please tell me if I am able to drive in the UK on my US licence?
Yes, you are. I have done this often.
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If you're paying with your US credit card you might find you're covered for insurance on a rental car we are
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which credit card is that?! never heard one being so generous
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If you're paying with your US credit card you might find you're covered for insurance on a rental car we are
Yes same here they even send me a print out to carry with me.
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is this a BOA card or Chase I never seen one so generous - maybe the annual fee is high ++
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Originally Posted by dogloverus View Post
is this a BOA card or Chase I never seen one so generous - maybe the annual fee is high ++
Mine is a Heartland Bank and trust company Visa card.

Have you called your CCard company and asked them if you are covered I know of a few folk that also have this facility.
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never heard of that card and am pretty sure mine doesnt
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never heard of that card and am pretty sure mine doesnt
It's worth calling them, I never knew of this service until about 4 years ago someone on this site advised me as I am you, to call and it was my lucky day
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Originally Posted by dogloverus View Post
never heard of that card and am pretty sure mine doesnt
A lot of cards offer it. Just call.

AmEx have a thing that costs $25 per instance that offers quite a lot on top too.

Also check your car insurance policy, which might cover rental too.
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Originally Posted by Britishbees View Post
Can someone please tell me if I am able to drive in the UK on my US licence? I am visiting the UK for a month next week and I am not clear as to if an International Permit is required or I can just use my US licence.

Thank you for any responses

Mrs H the S
You are and if you are renting they'll probably offer you an automatic car when they see your license...
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Originally Posted by dogloverus View Post
which credit card is that?! never heard one being so generous
We have a Chase British Airways card. I think the annual fee is $85 but we put everything on it and pay it off every month so always have hundreds of air miles
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Default Re: Driving in the UK whilst visiting

Thanks for your replies everyone . Phew, good to know I can just take my AZ licence. I have got car insurance sorted ahead of time as well. Good tips from you guys regarding getting the insurance through your card. Must look into this at some point.

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I've only driven once in the UK, and afterwords swore myself to the Tube, taxis and trains. It just felt so unnatural, haha. How do Brits feel driving in the US?
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