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How Much Power Does Your Driver's License Have Worldwide?

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | August 19, 2015

How Much Power Does Your Driver's License Have Worldwide?

Illustrations courtesy of Captain Compare.

If an international road trip is in your future, you should probably have a good idea about whether or not your driver’s license actually has any kind of restrictions or reciprocity at all in the countries you are going to visit.  To help you find out, the good folks over at Captain Compare were nice enough to put together a list of the 21 most popular countries for travel and how your driver’s license stacks up in those countries. 

Even if you are just curious if the Russian lady who lives next door can actually drive with her Russian driver’s license, this is the map to help you find out.

Surprisingly, The United States doesn’t have the most powerful license in the world. That title goes to the UK who has a 97 power ranking out of 100. China, who seems to have the strictest rules when it comes to driving (they pretty much make everyone take the test at regular intervals), has their license pretty much accepted everywhere. 

Russia has the weakest license in the group, but you can still pretty much use it with minor restrictions almost anywhere you go.

Map courtesy of Captain Compare. Click to enlarge.

The map is also handy in giving information as to which side of the road you are going to be driving on when you get to your destination country. 

This is a pretty good thing to know, especially if you arrive in the middle of the night. Check out where you are going on your next trip and see what you have to worry about or not. And make sure you consult with your insurance professional, as many stateside policies do not cover international travel.

See the full interactive map here.


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