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CAA offering full refunds for international driver's permits

File photo. Aug. 27, 2012. AP/David J. Phillip

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) says it will provide full refunds to people who scrambled to purchase international driver’s permits after learning Canadians vacationing in Florida would need them.

Florida passed a law on Jan. 1, 2013 requiring all visitors have an international driver’s permit (IDP). The law was meant to make it easier for cops in the Sunshine state to interpret foreign licences.

Authorities in the state said on Thursday enforcement of the law that sparked surprise and outrage north of the 49th parallel would be deferred.

The CAA is the only place to purchase an IDP, at a cost of $25. The document is valid for one year. Since Florida announced it won’t be cracking down on Canadian drivers, the CAA is offering a full refund for people who bought an IDP on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused,” the CAA said in a statement on Friday. “We understand the frustration and confusion among travellers and are offering a 30-day period to obtain a full refund.”

The refund is only available to CAA South Central Ontario customers.