In some countries, it is illegal to drive without your International Driving Permit. It depends however where you’re coming from – for example: If your driving license is issued in the UK, you won’t need your IDP for Spain, Italy, France, Portugal or other EU countries, while you will need an IDP when traveling to the USA. An international driving permit (IDP) is required or recommended in the following countries:
|Austria||Required for all non-EU residents. We recommend you carry your IDP and your state driver’s license with you at all times. For more information, click here.|
|Azerbaijan||A valid driving license is accepted when accompanied by a certified translation into Azerbaijani.|
|Bermuda||Visitors aren’t allowed to drive.|
|Bolivia||After 3 months international driving permit needs to be endorsed by Servicio Nacional de Transito. For more information, click here.|
|Brazil||An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended. After 6 months it is mandatory to apply for a local license. For more information, click here.|
|Cape Verde Isles||Recommended|
|Central African Republic||Required|
|China||A temporary driving permit is needed. For more information, click here.|
|Croatia||Required for all non-EU residents.|
|Cuba||A valid driving license is accepted.|
|Denmark||Required for all non-EU residents.|
|Estonia||A valid driving license is accepted.|
|Ethiopia||The IDP isn’t recognized, you can get a temporary license from the local authority.|
|Gambia||You can get a temporary license from the local authority.|
|Greece||Required all non-EU citizens.|
|Italy||Required for all non-EU residents.|
|Jamaica||If your driver’s license doesn’t have a stamped photograph, an international driving permit (IDP) is required.|
|Monaco||Required for all non-EU citizens.|
|Namibia||Required if your driving license is not in English.|
|Nepal||An international driving permit (IDP) is required and valid for 15 days. After 15 days local license is required.|
|Papua New Guinea||Recommended|
|Portugal||An international driving permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU citizens.|
|Slovakia||Required for all non-EU residents.|
|Slovenia||Required for all non-EU residents.|
|Spain||Required for all non-EU residents.|
|Sweden||An international driving license is required for all non-EU residents.|
|Switzerland||An international driving license is required for all non-EU residents.|
|United Arab Emirates||Required|
|USA||An international driving permit (IDP) is recommended. Some states require an IDP, in addition to a valid license from own country. For more information, click here.|
International drivers license for All
For all the people looking for additional information about the IDP, here are all the details. To be eligible to get an IDP, you must:
- Own a valid driving license
- You can only apply for an IDP for the same type of vehicle as you have a valid driving license.
- Be 21 years or over.
You can easily apply for an international driving permit by doing one of the following:-
- you can download the application form and email to us
- You can complete the form and include the correct fee, a recent passport-size photo and a photocopy of your driving license with a photocopy of the page from your passport where your photo sits.
- You Can buy from the store and then fill out the application form online. your order will be processed in 24 hours within business working days.
How much does IDP cost?
It depends. The price ranges from 35 USD in the US to 59 USD.
When you decide to apply (please do it well in advance before you travel, just to be sure), you will need:
- Your regular driving license – bring your old paper version, or the new photo card, whatever you have as a valid license
A passport sized photo that you sign on the back (you will not get the photo back, so plan accordingly)
- A proof of identification (a passport will suffice)
- You will need to pay the application fee, so make sure you have money.
This means that you will have to pay the fee again and bring a new photo and apply in the same way you did when you got your International drivers license in the first place. So if you will be out of the country, and your country does not allow to apply online, you won’t be able to get a new license and you will have to travel back to your country and re-apply.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:-
- An international drivers permit is not a valid drivers license in your home country. And when driving abroad, you always need both, your domestic drivers’ license and the International drivers permit
- You can not get an IDP if you have only a provisional license (unless you just passed your test, in this case, you can apply using your test pass certificate that is valid for two years)
- You need to make sure that all the information on your international driver’s license application is correct and that it matches the data on your home drivers license, otherwise you can have trouble with the local police
- If taking up residence or employment, or traveling for a reason other than tourism, find out about your personal position before relying on an IDP.
What happens if I drive without it?
In general, this can be a major offense, comparable to driving without a valid drivers license. This means that you should really be sure that you do not need one and that your own drivers’ license will be valid in the country that you will drive in.
A lot of police officers will be generous and will allow you to continue without a drivers license, but don’t bet on that. There are laws that say that your car can be confiscated. Other countries will just give you a hefty fine if you get stopped by a police officer.
You should also keep your IDL on you at all times. Don’t leave your documents in your hotel or Airbnb, you should have it with you and be ready to show it to the authorities if you get stopped. But, the bests thing for you is, that a police officer is satisfied with your original drivers’ license, so when asked, present your original drivers’ license and show your IDL only when asked specifically.
Your translated Drivers license will be in the form of a booklet and plastic Card in all the 6 Official United Nations languages
The license holder is allowed to drive a private vehicle registered in the country visited, hired or borrowed by the visitor (in respect of hired vehicles, the rental companies may well require drivers to have reached 21 or 25 years of age, even though the legal minimum age to drive in the country concerned is lower)
The license holder is allowed to drive a commercial vehicle registered abroad or temporarily imported into the country visited.
Unless otherwise shown, driving license is recognized for all three categories (provided, of course, that they are valid and they were issued for the category of vehicle in question)