Road Trip 2005!

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1. Posted by vern (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Ok...a bud and I from the UK are flying over to Seattle, buying a car and driving all over the west coast for three months starting in June 05…WOO!... However I have a couple queries from all you road trippers out there:

1) What exactly would I need to do to legally buy and drive a car in the states for three months coming from the UK? As much detail as possible please!

2) Would I need a driving licence for a certain amount of time to drive in the states similar to the renting 1 year rule?

Much appreciated and any other advice for the trip would be great


2. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Not exactly sure as I havent been here for a long time. But if you have a international driving permit/ or a valid UK driving licence, you should be good in most of the states. Some states are finicky about these things, so you better make sure about the dates you are planning to drive in.

3. Posted by wonchop (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, myself and three mates are buying a van in the next couple of days and doing something similar so i'll keep you posted. you will need an address but we are lucky enough to have friends here who are gonna let us use theirs. your license will be fine i think but you should get an international permit. they're only 5 euro...

4. Posted by wanderingfool (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

every state requires insurence, i'm not sure how it works internationally, but if you own a car, it has to be insured. just something to look into.


5. Posted by rooster13 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi we are also doing the same thing... with shorter time, only 5 weeks and 10000km, will be alot of driving, but isn't that what it is all about? :D I'd be happy to share the planning problems over here with the rest of you so it would make it easier for the all of us. When gathered some new info, I'll keep you posted. Our planning website

6. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey vern,

Get an I.D.P. before you go- you get your license translated into 5 - 10 different languages, and include English(duh), Spanish, and you could leave out French....