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FTC Settles with Marketers of Bogus International
Driverís Licenses -
Two companies settled FTC charges that they fraudulently marketed purportedly authentic International Driverís Permits
(IDPs) on the Internet. Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants are prohibited from future marketing of any
IDPs or identification documents. The suit alleged that the defendants deceptively claimed that consumers could use
the phony IDPs they marketed on their Web site to drive legally in the United States, to insulate them from sanctions for
traffic violations, and as a government photo identification. These so-called international driverís licenses donít give you
the legal right to drive, wonít help you remove points from your license, and arenít an official government ID.
Authentic IDPs enable a person with a valid driverís license to drive in foreign countries that have signed the 1949 United
Nations Road Traffic Convention. The IDP is a simple booklet that translates a consumerís government-issued driverís
license into different languages; it is not a substitute for a valid, government-issued license. It cannot be used in place of
a suspended or revoked license or as a government-issued identification card. Further, it will not protect consumers
from traffic tickets or "points." In the United States, legitimate IDPs cost $10 each, and can only be obtained from the
American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance.
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