In the stale air of a AAA office, I looked up from a poorly-cut paper pamphlet to the dead eyes of the old man handing it to me. “This can’t be legit,” I said as I flipped through my newly-minted International Driving Permit. Yet, incredibly, it was. Here’s your definitive guide to the absurd (but real) IDP.
ID pictures are the worst. Well, unless you sneak something awesome onto your ID. Then they're pretty awesome. James Hinchcliffe's 2015 IndyCar credential pic looks like it was taken mid-battle with some Deadites. Is he secretly Evil Ash from Army of Darkness?
I kid, because I'm sure this Michigan vanity plate I spotted in a Detroit suburb this week was totally just because they wanted to engineer the word "Engineer" onto the plate. I hope. I really hope.
From a design standpoint, the American license plate is a mess — some states' efforts are simple and appealing, but others are visual disasters. Ken Carbone of Fast Company commissioned a few designs he thinks'll clean things up. —Ed.