International Driving Permit (IDP)

International Driving Permit (IDP)

Some people call this document as International drivers license (IDL). The International Driving Permit was a result of a 1949 United Nations (UN) convention on Road traffic. According to this convention many countries will respect and recognize an IDP from other endorsing countries for a year.

An IDP allows people to drive a private motor vehicle in another nation when accompanied by a valid license from their home country. It will be a proof that people have a valid driver's license in their nation. It will be needed people provide their IDP when they rent a car in a foreign country. This document is a little larger than a standard passport and its main purpose is to translate the original driver's license information into almost a dozen languages (the five official UN languages such as English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese and German, Italian, Arabic, the Scandinavian languages, and Portuguese. This way the IDP allows officials and other authorities in foreign countries "read" and interpret the license, even if they do not read English. It is important to know that people have to carry their driver's license with their IDP, because this document doesn't replace the driver license.


International Driving Permit


IDP in other countries

The following countries have agreed to accept the 1949 United Nations Convention on road traffic covering acceptance of the IDP

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde Island
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Conte d'Ivoire
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
South Korea
North Korea
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Silo Tome and Principe
Singapore
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Christopher and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Western Samoa
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

The organizations that can issue an IDP in United States, Canada and United Kingdom are as follows:
  • In the U.S. the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance, which offers IDPs through the National Automobile Club.
  • In Canada, the Canadian Automobile Association is the official issuing authority.
  • In the U.K the Automobile Association dedicates a section of its website to the issuing of International Driving Permits.
General requirements:

The applicants for an International Driving Permit must:
  • Be 18 years old or above.
  • Have a driver's license that is recognized in his/her country.
  • Submit two passport photos, and make his/her application on an official form that is provided by the issuing authority.
The IDP is valid for one year from the date issue and it cannot be renewed, post-dated or extended. If people want to get again their IDP, they will have to apply again for obtaining this document.

Learn more about the process for getting an IDP in the United States, visiting the USA application Process