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      I plan to travel to Pakistan (Lahore) in few months (around Jan, 2006). I have USA driving license, but don't have a Pakistani driving license. What should I do?
      1) Get an international driving license (if so what's the procedure?)
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      2) Get a Pakistani driving license (and for that what's the procedure?)

      Thanks.

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      Carry a few 100 rupee notes and use them as drivers license.

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      Naee yaar. . . I know rishwat is common there, but ... naee yaar, my conscience won't allow me to do that. I am not a good khilari in such things. Tell me a seedha saadha way.

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      Depends on how long you want to drive in Pakistan. If its just a few weeks of vacation, then, by law, you can drive on a valid drivers' license from US (or any other country). You don't necessarily need an International Drivers' License. Chances are, as long as you don't get stopped for any traffic violation, this will be a moot issue.

      Although, if you do get caught, then the policeman may not know all the legal issues, and may insist to see a Pakistan or an International Drivers' License. So its always helpful to get an International Driver License available. If you don't have one, you can still talk your way out of it by explaining that you have a valid drivers' license and, by law, you can drive on it for upto 3 weeks in Pakistan.

      In most cases, if they want to give you a ticket, they will just confiscate the registration papers of the car, and once you pay the fine at the court, you can get the papers back. So having an international drivers license or anything like that (or lack thereof) is not likely to hamper their ability to give you a ticket, or your ability to drive.

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      Thanks Faisal, I didn't know about that law, but still I would like to have international license anyway. So could you or someone, please post the procedure as to how to get it.

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      To get an International drivers license you can go to any AAA office and show them your US drivers license. I think the fee is ~$15 and it is valid for one year.

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      http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/...fety_1179.html

      Scroll down a bit, till you get to the portion about International Driver Permit. sky is right, its AAA that are authorized to issue one for you, for $20.
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      If you are coming from USA for the first time, make sure u get accustomed to Pakistani driving (Lahore), the traffic rules might be same like USA but they are not followed in any sense here.

      Licence is not that big deal, I am driving here on British licence. I was once pulled over & told the guy I am on holidays in Pakistan, he didn't bother & let me go (strangefully).

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      I have been driving in Lahore for 6 months when I was teaching at the Beaconhouse Informatics college as a guest lecturer in 2001.

      During this time I was asked about my driving license by policmen on a few occasions and always showed them my regular Austrian license. And there was never an issue with that.
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      Thanks guys for the information, warnings, and suggestions.

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      Forget the drivers license, you have bigger things to worry about. First of all, there is the usual opposite road side issue. But thats not that big of a deal after a while. Secondly, unless you manage to get your hands on an automatic, you will have to make do with a stick shift, which can get really tricky. But the most important thing to be aware of is how horribly congested most roads in Pakistan are. Ever since the car-leasing deal was introduced, the number of cars on the roads of every city in Pakistan has increased ten fold. I found Islamabad's traffic to be horrible while i was there till last week so you can just imagine what the conidition might be like in Lahore.
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      Yea man I heard traffic is horrible there, nowadays. A guy recently came from Karachi and after finding how easy it is to drive here, he said if he had the authority to give driving license then he would give driving license to every kid coming from Pakistan, b/c they drive in such a difficult and congested traffic.

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      That's why they say:

      Jo Lahore mai gaari chalaa sakta hai, wo duniya mai kaheen bhi chalaa sakta hai.

      ergo:

      Main duniya mai kaheen bhi gaari chalaa sakta hoon.
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      Umer did u take the car to Shah-Almi or Brandeth Road ? in a week day during peak hours ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Umer
      Jo Lahore mai gaari chalaa sakta hai, wo duniya mai kaheen bhi chalaa sakta hai.
      I thought that too but try Faisalabad!
      K-2 dont worry .. I never had any licence for last year and half when I came back.. process is so tedious.. best for u is not to drive in Pakistan at all..
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      Degas, no matter what city you try in Pakistan they are all almost same. Faisalabad is not very different from Lahore either. Some part of Karachi are awful for driving. Try Sadar area in Rawalpindi.

      As I mentioned above, try Brandeth Road or Shah-Almi, where you will see loaders pushing trolleys & wont care if their trolley hits you. You must know the rule "Save yourself" only, not the rule "Save yourself as well as others".

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      Quote Originally Posted by Najim
      Umer did u take the car to Shah-Almi or Brandeth Road ? in a week day during peak hours ?
      Been there, done that.
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      Degas, someone I know came back from Pakistan and he rented a car and that renting company provides drivers, too. According to him, it was a good decision as it saved him from the agony of driving or the worry of someone hitting the rented car, b/c it is not you who is driving and you don't own the car.

      Umer, I have heard a joke about Shah-Aalm market, i.e., if you happen to drive to shahAlmi during the day, don't forget to take your dinner with you, b/c you never know to get stuck in the traffic for hours.

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