New law requiring International Driving Permits in Florida will not be enforced

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SARASOTA - Florida transportation officials are stepping back from enforcing a new state law that requires foreign visitors to have an International Driving Permit when they come to the Sunshine State.

State officials announced Thursday that the law, which went into effect January 1st, could violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Highway Patrol will defer enforcement of the requirement until a final determination can be made.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office also released a statement Thursday that they do not intend to enforce the law either.

Until the issue is resolved, authorities will only require that drivers have a valid license from their country of residence.