To drive legally in other countries, you need receive an International Driving Permit (IDP) before leaving the country.
The International Driver’s Document (IDD) and the photo identity card it comes with are translations of your driver’s licence from your home country into a number of other languages, making it easy for both English speakers and authorities in other countries to comprehend. Over 150 nations, including many that are not part of the United States, recognise the International Driver’s License.
How does one go about getting an International Driver’s Permit?
If you want to prove that you have a valid driver’s licence from your home country while travelling to another, you’ll need to get an international driver’s permit (IDP). Additionally, it provides a translation into almost a dozen other languages, allowing foreign authorities to view your licence in their own language.
Several international conventions concerning road safety recognise the International Driving Permit (IDP) as a valid form of identification for drivers. About 180 countries have signed the document.
The process for obtaining an IDP varies from country to country that offers them. Contact the agency (e.g., the Department of Transportation or the Department of State) that issued your driver’s licence for further details on the process. Get an IDP from the International Drivers Association, but only after you’ve done the legwork to verify the legitimacy of the organisation you’ll be working with. Verify the source with a government organisation if at all possible.
A valid IDP may only be used for one year from the day it was granted
After that, it expires and must be renewed. If you plan on driving during that time, be sure your licence isn’t going to expire. A valid IDP and a driver’s licence that has not yet expired are required to drive legally.
Having an International Driving Permit (IDP) or International Driver’s License (IDL) may facilitate your travels in a number of ways.
- In order to ensure that the police and other authorities in other countries can read your licence without any problems, you should carry an International Driving Document (IDD) with you.
- International driver’s licences (IDLs) are unofficial translations of national driver’s licences.
- It may be simpler to hire cars and drive them around other nations if you have a valid International Operating Permit.
- The IDD was created to help drivers who want to travel to countries with stricter licencing requirements than their own.
- There is no need to take a driving test in order to apply for an International Driver’s Document, and the application procedure itself takes just a few minutes.
You need to be at least 18 years old and in possession of a valid and non-expired driver’s licence given in your native country to apply for an International Driver’s Document. The application process for an International Driver’s Document consists of only a few easy steps, including the following: filling out the application online, uploading a copy of your original, valid driver’s licence, and providing a passport-sized colour picture and handwritten signature. Your application may be sent to us in one of two ways: either electronically by clicking the button below, or by regular mail to our processing address.