Driving permit fraud seen

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is warning Spanish-speaking immigrants about companies fraudulently selling international driving permits as a viable alternative to a state-issued driver's license.

Scammers are preying on consumers' misunderstanding about the purpose of an International Driving Permit by marketing the product as an alternative to an Oregon-issued driver's license, according to a press release from the state Attorney General's Office.

The United States has signed an agreement with other countries to honor a foreign driver's license for up to one year from the visitor's date of arrival. Foreign visitors must carry their foreign license while driving in Oregon.

An International Driving Permit is an English translation of the foreign driver's license, allowing U.S. law enforcement officials to know the content of the license. Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services suggests that foreign visitors carry an International Driving Permit along with their foreign-issue driver's license.

The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating claims from several victims who purchased an International Driving Permit under false pretenses. Victims of the scam should contact the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392.

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