You must be at least 18 years of age.
Which address do I use on the IDP application form?
The address that is shown on your domestic driving license
Where can I obtain an IDP?
The organization in charge to issue IDPs varies across countries. However, in most countries Automobile Clubs are authorized organizations than can issue and inform you about IDPs. Please use this website to check if there is an authorized automobile club in your country of residence.
How long does it take to get the IDP processed?
It varies depending on the administration which issues the IDP and the process established by the authorities. It can be just minutes in an issuing office or it may take weeks if the application needs to be made by post.
What if I am stopped by the police in a country where an IDP is required and I cannot produce one?
Penalties can range from a fine to a citation. Without an IDP, a driver is therefore driving without a valid license and if stopped, highway patrols may seize the vehicle and arrest the driver or give him/her a citation for a mandatory court appearance.
I have been out of the country for over a year, can I get another IDP?
Yes, as long as you are still in possession of a valid domestic driver’s license.
Can I get an IDP issued with my temporary or interim driver’s license while I’m waiting for definitive one?
How will I benefit by carrying an International Driving Permit on my next trip abroad?
The International Driving Permit (IDP) is a document that provides important information from your driver’s license in several different languages, including English. This document came into existence by virtue of several UN Conventions on Road Traffic (1926, 1949 and 1968). As an official travel document, the IDP is recognized in over 150 countries today. Carried in conjunction with a regular driver’s license, the IDP can help break down language barriers when traveling in across countries. In addition, the IDP provides an additional source of identification.
Am I required to have an IDP in foreign countries?
Many countries do not recognize a driver’s licenses from other countries, but officially recognize an IDP. Some countries may honor a driving license of your country of residence, but require a local language translation (e.g. Spain).