I got me 2 IDP's
At the local Automobile Assoc. of America (AAA) office in the States, I obtained 2 intl. drivers permits - one for Latin America, one for Brazil (and 2 other countries I don't remember now - Paraguay is one I think). Almost identical docs, but the one says its valid for Brazil. Cost slightly less than the first one.
Updated 12 de Mayo
I originally learned from this website a couple years ago that Brazil required a different IDL. Looking at the two I have, I now remember the explanation in maybe some of Grant's original trip paperwork info (or an old forum posting).
In 1943, there was an agreement signed be most of the Western Hemisphere nations (only) as to the IDL format.
In 1949, there was an international agreement made by essentially the rest of the world. Most of South America signed the 2nd agreement, only Brazil and Uruagay (not Paraguay as I stated above) failed to sign it. So, one IDL meets the 1949 requirement (good throughout the world), Brazil and Uruagay recognize the older 1943 format only.
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Last edited by quastdog; 12 May 2007 at 18:13.
Reason: Update on original posting.