International Driving Licence


Apply for an international driving permit (IDP)

An International Driving Permit (IDP), also known as an International Driving Licence, is not actually a license itself, but rather a translation of your existing valid driver’s license into multiple languages. Here’s how to apply for one:

General Requirements:

  • You must have a valid driver’s license issued by your home country.
  • You must be at least 18 years old (minimum age may vary slightly by country).

Application Process:

  • Apply in Your Home Country: IDPs are generally issued by your home country or territory, not in the country you’ll be driving in. There is typically a designated issuing authority, such as a driver’s licensing agency, automobile association, or specific government department.

  • Gather Required Documents: These will typically include:

    • Your valid driver’s license
    • A passport-sized photo
    • Application fee (cost may vary)
    • Proof of identity (may vary by issuing authority)
  • Submit Your Application: Pay the fee and submit your application and documents to the designated issuing authority. international drivers permit

Important Notes:

  • IDPs are valid for one year in most countries.
  • An IDP is required in some countries to drive as a visitor, while others recommend it but don’t mandate it. Always check the driving regulations of the specific country you’ll be visiting to confirm IDP requirements.
  • An IDP is a translation document and does not override the laws of the country you’re driving in. You’ll still need to comply with local driving regulations and signage.

Here are some resources to help you find the issuing authority for your IDP:

  • International Driving Permit: How to Apply: This website provides information on how to apply for an IDP and often has links to the issuing authority in your country.
  • AAA (American Automobile Association): (For US residents) The American Automobile Association (AAA) issues IDPs to US residents. international license

Additional Tips:

  • Apply for your IDP well in advance of your trip, as processing times can vary.
  • Bring both your IDP and your original driver’s license when you drive abroad.
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