Siyris wrote:word wrote:Ah, thank you for making that clear, Cal!CalgaryPC wrote:You should note that an IDP is NOT a license. It is more like an additional document that certifies the license you have is valid and up to certain standards.
If your Canadian/US/Japanese/etc. license expires before the IDP, you -no longer have a valid driver's license-. (To put it another way, you cannot legally drive in an IDP without ALSO having a valid license).
Another thing we learned recently up here in Takayama -- apparently, you are supposed to have your passport with you along with your home country License and the IDP. This information was not given out anywhere, but a friend got into trouble with the police for not having it with him..... We're working on negotiating that through our supervisor, but for now, we were told to make sure we at least have a copy of our entry permit if not the actual passport with us along with the license and IDP. Kind of sucks since that wasn't written anywhere -- oh well. It's good to keep in mind.
So your alien registration card doesn't cut it? Or is it that you need the proof of passport for treaty reasons? That's a bit convoluted, not to mention extremely risky, to be lugging your passport everywhere with you. I suppose, though, that the IDP isn't meant as a long-term thing, and these could be the costs of using it for a prolonged period of time...