Helpful Tips For Using Your New International Driver Permit
The following information is NOT to be construed as legal advice. It is for information purposes only, i.e. word of mouth information, representing what others have done. If you want or need legal advice, you should consult with an an attorney, or do your own legal research. Also, if you are a PERSON and/or RESIDENT required to have a State issued driver license and registration, you MUST comply with all laws to which you are subject.
1. If you currently hold a valid State issued driver license (and you are not a commercial driver,) get rid of it. You can do this by personally going to the DMV and filling out a Voluntary Surrender form. Get a receipt from the clerk. At the same time, fill out a Change of Address form. For your new address, use the foreign address on you new IDP. This will accomplish one of two things. Either your name will be permanently removed, or your address will be updated with the foreign location (which will match your IDP.)
2. If you currently have a car registered in your name. Get it registered to someone else or to a trust. Or, you can do the following:
Create a fictional name, e.g., "Liberty Holdings Group".
Sell your car to the Fiction (or trust,) then have the Fiction register your car.
On the Certificate of Title, the Buyer will be, e.g. "Liberty Holdings Group". This fiction must have an address where the new registration and plates can be sent. You'll have to figure this out for yourself.
Next, you’ll want to place a lien on your car. Why? Because the State cannot sell your car if there is a commercial lien on it. If the State wanted to confiscate and sell your car they would have to contact the lien holder for a payoff. If you were ever asked this question, you would reply with a dollar amount five times the value of the car.
There are other things you can do as well after completing the above procedure. One suggestion is to create a rental agreement between you (real name) and the Registered Owner. You can carry a copy of this rental agreement with you in the car to show that you are merely renting the car.
That said, using the above information may land you in trouble with an office of the court if push comes to shove. We suggest that you use an IDL for driving outside you home area. Perhaps a regular drivers license can be used for your local driving.
In any event do driving safely and don't drink and rive!