About – The International Drivers License



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: 

AfganistanRequired
AlbaniaRequired
AlgeriaRequired
AngolaRequired
ArgentinaRequired
ArmeniaRequired
AustraliaRequired
AustriaRequired 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.
AzerbaijanA valid driving license is accepted when accompanied by a certified translation into Azerbaijani.
BahrainRequired
BelarusRequired
BelgiumRequired
BeninRequired
BermudaVisitors aren’t allowed to drive.
BhutanRequired
BoliviaAfter 3 months international driving permit needs to be endorsed by Servicio Nacional de Transito. For more information, click here.
BrazilAn international driving permit (IDP) is recommended. After 6 months it is mandatory to apply for a local license.  For more information, click here.
BruneiRequired
BulgariaRequired
Burkina FasoRecommended
CameroonRecommended
Cape Verde IslesRecommended
Cayman IslesRequired
Central African RepublicRequired
ChileRecommended
ChinaA temporary driving permit is needed. For more information, click here.
ColombiaRequired
Costa RicaRecommended
CroatiaRequired for all non-EU residents.
CubaA valid driving license is accepted.
DenmarkRequired for all non-EU residents.
Dominican RepublicRequired
EcuadorRecommended
EgyptRequired
El SalvadorRecommended
EstoniaA valid driving license is accepted.
EthiopiaThe IDP isn’t recognized, you can get a temporary license from the local authority.
FinlandRecommended
FranceRecommended
GambiaYou can get a temporary license from the local authority.
GhanaRecommended
GreeceRequired all non-EU citizens.
GuatemalaRecommended
HaitiRequired
HondurasRequired
Hong KongRecommended
IcelandRecommended
IndiaRequired
IndonesiaRequired
IranRequired
IraqRequired
IrelandRequired
IsraelRequired
ItalyRequired for all non-EU residents.
JamaicaIf your driver’s license doesn’t have a stamped photograph, an international driving permit (IDP) is required.
JapanRequired
JordanRequired
KazakhstanRecommended
KirghizistanRecommended
KuwaitRequired
LaosRecommended
LatviaRecommended
LebanonRequired
LithuaniaRecommended
LuxembourgRecommended
MacaoRequired
MadagascarRequired
MalaysiaRequired
MaliRequired
MaltaRecommended
MartiniqueRecommended
MauritiusRecommended
MexicoRequired
MoldovaRequired
MonacoRequired for all non-EU citizens.
MoroccoRecommended
NamibiaRequired if your driving license is not in English. 
NepalAn international driving permit (IDP) is required and valid for 15 days. After 15 days local license is required. 
New ZealandRequired
NicaraguaRequired
NigerRequired
PakistanRequired
PanamaRecommended
Papua New GuineaRecommended
PhilippinesRequired
PortugalAn international driving permit (IDP) is required for all non-EU citizens. 
ReunionRecommended
RomaniaRecommended
RussiaRecommended
RwandaRequired
SamoaRequired
Saint-MartinRequired
SenegalRequired
SerbiaRecommended
SingaporeRequired
SlovakiaRequired for all non-EU residents.
SloveniaRequired for all non-EU residents.
SomaliaRequired
South AfricaRequired
SpainRequired for all non-EU residents.
Sri LankaRecommended
SudanRecommended
SwazilandRequired
SwedenAn international driving license is required for all non-EU residents.
SwitzerlandAn international driving license is required for all non-EU residents.
SyriaRequired
TaiwanRequired
TajikistanRequired
TanzaniaRequired
ThailandRequired
TogoRequired
TunisiaRecommended
TurkeyRecommended
TurkmenistanRequired
UkraineRequired
United Arab EmiratesRequired
United KingdomRequired
UruguayRecommended
USAAn 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.
UzbekistanRequired
VenezuelaRequired
VietnamRequired
ZaireRequired
ZambiaRecommended
ZimbabweRequired

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:-

  1. you can download the application form and email to us
  2. 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.
  3. 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 can only drive a Private vehicle Registered abroad,  or temporarily imported into the country visited


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)