An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a legal document, valid for 1 year or until the expiry of your driver’s licence, whichever comes first.
In many countries English is not an official language, so your IDP will provide a translation of your South African driver’s licence into several languages as well as the five official UN languages. This allows your licence to be read and understood in many countries. It also provides validation of your South African driver’s licence, and an alternative proof of identification when you travel in foreign countries and need to rent a car or obtain insurance.
An International Drivers Permit must be applied for in the country in which you obtained your driver’s licence before you travel. South African residents can apply online through the South African Automobile Association. Please note that The AA cannot issue an IDP to citizens of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland who are in the possession of a valid driver’s licence issued in that country but The AA can issue an IDP to citizens of Namibia who are in the possession of a valid Namibian driver’s licence.
All you need to do is fill out an application form, submit a photo and copies of the following valid documents:
How does the International Driving Permit application process work?
For more information, contact our Travel Office Directly on:
Call 0861 000 234 (select option 5, then option 1).
Available Monday to Friday, from 08h00 – 17h00.
A complete list of National Sales agents is available on the AA South Africa Website