Joined by Consulates General from countries in South America, Europe and North America, Florida Governor Rick Scott last week signed HB 7059 by Representative Daniel Davis relating to driver's licensing into law.
The first bill this year to reach Governor Scott's desk, HB 7059 repeals a law requiring an international driving permit for all foreign drivers visiting Florida.
Scott said, "Florida is committed to being the number one tourist destination in the world, and signing this bill into law will ensure that our international visitors continue to come to Florida. Florida has had two consecutive years of record visitation to Florida, which has created thousands of jobs for Florida families."
"Tourists from all over the world should be able to visit our state and see everything we have to offer," said Rep. Davis. "I thank Governor Scott for his support of this bill and I am proud to join him in this bill signing event."
Co-sponsor, Senator Jeff Brandes said, "I am proud that Governor Scott joined the legislature in supporting this bill. This new law will allow all visitors to enjoy what we take advantage of every day here in Florida, while also adding to our economy and supporting jobs for Floridians."
Representatives from AAA-The Auto Club Group and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) also joined Scott in signing this bill into law.
"AAA applauds this swift action by the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott repealing the 2012 law that required an international driving permit for all foreign drivers," said Kevin Bakewell, AAA chief public affairs officer. "This repeal illustrates the state's commitment to remaining a top US destination for international tourists, including our Canadian neighbors, many of whom call Florida their winter home."
"Effective immediately, Canadians in Florida can go back to doing what they have always been able to do drive with peace of mind in the Sunshine State using their provincial driver's license," said Jeff Walker, CAA vice president of public affairs. "CAA is pleased that the voices of its members and others were listened to by state officials, and that the state of Florida has removed any uncertainty."
The Florida tourism industry welcomed nearly 14 million visitors from 181 countries who spent $15 billion last year.