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Il capitolo PATENTI è quello che mi è più richiesto tramite la mail info@passionecanada. Fino a qualche anno fa potevo dire con sicurezza che la patente internazionale fosse "caldamente consigliata", ma non obbligatoria per circolare in Canada. Dopo diversi anni di richeiste varie e anche, giustamente, dei vostri feedback post-viaggio, una risposta certa NON l'ho ancora.
L'unica cosa certa è che ogni Provincia del Canada gestisce autonomamente la questione, giusto per complicare ulteriormente il tutto, perciò cercherò si sintetizzare qui sotto quello che c'è da sapere, ovviamente vi tengo aggiornati il più possibile. Ho provato a verificare se ci sono degli accordi bilaterali per questo tipo di necessità ma non ho trovato nulla. Per dovere di croncaca, se un canadese venisse in Italia e volesse guidare è comunque richiesta anche a loro la IDP ( internationa Driving Permit ).
In sostanza il "problema" nasce dal fatto che le nostre patenti sono scritte in lingua madre italiana e non hanno una traduzione diretta in linguaggio internazionale stampata, quindi potrebbero essere di difficile interpretazione in caso di verifica da parte delle forze dell'ordine locali.
Ecco di seguti cosa prevedono le diverse province Canadesi riguardo alla IDP.
ALBERTA ( LINK )
If you are visiting Alberta with a valid driver’s licence (equal to or higher than a Class 5) from your home jurisdiction, you may drive a standard passenger vehicle in Alberta for up to 1 year.
If your licence is not in English, it is strongly recommended that you carry an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) from your home jurisdiction. You must carry both the International Driver’s Permit and your valid licence from your home jurisdiction when driving in Alberta.
If you are driving in Alberta with your foreign drivers licence, it is strongly recommended that you obtain an IDP from your home jurisdiction before coming to Alberta.
BRITISH COLUMBIA ( LINK )
If you're just driving in B.C. as a tourist, you can drive with your existing insurance for up to six months — as long as you have a valid out-of-province driver’s licence and your vehicle is properly licensed in your home jurisdiction.
ONTARIO ( LINK )
Visiting: less than 3 months
If you are visiting Ontario for less than 3 months and want to drive while you’re here, you can use a valid driver’s licence from your own province, state or country.
You will also need to:
- be at least 16 years old
- have proper insurance coverage for the vehicle you will drive
- carry an original (or exact) copy of the vehicle ownership permit
- obey traffic laws, drive safely and avoid collisions when you drive
Visiting: more than 3 months
If you will be visiting from another country for more than 3 months, you will need an International Driver's Permit (IDP) from your own country.
This is a special licence that allows motorists to drive internationally when accompanied by a valid driver’s licence from their country.
You need to have this permit with you when you arrive in Ontario. You cannot apply for one once you are here.
QUEBEC ( LINK )
If you are travelling in Québec, you may drive with your foreign driver's licence for 6 consecutive months if your licence:
- is valid
- authorizes you to drive the type of vehicle that you are using
VEHICLES THAT YOU MAY DRIVE
You may drive any type of vehicle, as long as the licence issued by your country of origin authorizes you to.
IF YOU STAY IN QUÉBEC FOR LONGER THAN 6 MONTHS
You must hold a valid international driver's permit to be allowed to continue to drive on Québec roads.
You must always drive with both licences – your foreign driver's licence and your international driver's permit. You are allowed to drive in Québec for as long as your international driver's permit remains valid.
MANITOBA ( LINK )
First, check your existing driver’s licence for this information:
- Your full name and birth date
- the country and licensing authority that issued your licence
- your class or type of licence, and a description of the type of vehicles you’re allowed to drive
- when your licence expires
- how long you’ve had your licence (including the date it was first issued, if you’ve had your licence for less than three years).
If any of this information is missing, you’ll need to get a letter confirming the information from the organization that issued your licence.
We need your driver’s licence information in either English or French. If it’s in another language, you’ll need to have it translated.
If you have an International Driving Permit, you don’t need to have your licence translated.
We need your original documents and the translations into English or French.