When traveling overseas, it’s wise to carry an International Driving Permit … even if you’re not planning to drive. Should you need to communicate with foreign authorities, this recognizable form of identification can help you get on your way more quickly. Valid in over 150 countries, the permit contains your name, photo and driver information translated into nine languages.
International Driving Permit?
The International Driving Permit, or IDP is a document that over 150 United Nations member countries have adopted to allow properly licensed drivers from one member state to drive the roads and byways of other member states. A properly issued IDP, when carried with a valid drivers license issued by the traveler’s resident country or state, identifies the holder as meeting the requirements of the United Nations 1949 Convention on Road Traffic to foreign traffic authorities and to car rental agencies.
Are you eligible?
To be eligible you must be a permanent resident of the United States of America or it’s Territories. (U.S. citizenship is not a requirement)
You must also be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid drivers license issued by a state or territory of the United States and your license must remain valid for at least six months from the issue date of your IDP.
How do I get an IDP?
Complete our simple Application form, mail it to the address shown on the application along with two passport sized photographs, photocopies of the front and back of your drivers license and your check or money order for the IDP issuance fee - plus your choice of shipping and handling options. No written or driving skill test is required.
Good in all countries?
A properly issued IDP is recognized in all the countries and states that have ratified the United Nation’s 1949 Convention on Road Traffic and a number of countries that aren’t party to the 1949 Convention but nevertheless honor the International Driving Permit. For a list of countries with these and other requirements, please review the List of Contracting States.
What are the Benefits?
A properly issued International Driving Permit (IDP) is required for renting motor vehicles in many countries, and helpful to travelers who may find themselves in need of an official document with photo identification.
Your personally issued IDP translates the details of your domestic drivers’ license in nine languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Italian, German, Arabic, Swedish and French), in case you need to communicate with foreign authorities.
Even if you have no plans to drive or rent a car while you're abroad, carrying a IDP provides an extra measure of security and peace of mind should unexpected circumstances occur.
When does an IDP expire?
Legitimate IDP's are issued for a period of one year from the date of issue. IDP's are not renewable. A new application must be submitted for the new permit to be in compliance with the International Road Traffic Agreement.