Are you interested in renting a car for your upcoming international holiday? You’ll need a driving permit that is recognised in more than one country. Do you disagree with that? Discover the ins and outs of the International Driving Permit (IDP) so you know if you need one before leaving the country.
Any vacation abroad, whether it’s a road trip across Ireland, an exploration of Iceland’s geysers, or a tour of South Africa’s wines, is sure to be an exciting adventure. All of the work that goes into getting ready increases the enjoyment. Many iterations of location research, itinerary development, and packing lists are in your future.
Can you explain what it means to hold a valid international driver’s licence?
An International Driving Permit, often known as an IDP, is a crucial piece of travel documentation. It is a translation of your driver’s licence into 10 different languages, including the six official languages used by the United Nations, making it a valid form of identification in over 150.
How does one go about getting a licence valid in many countries?
United States Department of State-approved organisations that can grant International Driving Permits (IDPs) are the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA). Individuals applying for an IDP must be at least 18 years old, and their driver’s licences must be valid for at least six months beyond the day they get their IDP.
Once an International Driver’s Permit has expired, it cannot be renewed for another year.
The AATA-managed application process for the International Diplomatic Program
The application can be downloaded at the AATA’s website. Basic information about your driving privileges, such the type of car you can drive, must be provided on the form.
Include two passport photos, a signed copy of both sides of your driver’s licence, the current application fee of $20, and the shipping and handling fee of your choosing with your submission.
Both the IDP and the AAA
International driving permits are available at all AAA retail locations in the United States, and can also be ordered online and shipped to you. Having your passport photos taken at the local AAA office is just one more perk of submitting your application in person.
There is also a $20 fee when you buy it from AAA. There is no fee for shipping and handling if you are applying for an international driving permit by mail and do not need a special or expedited return in order to receive your permit within a few business days.
If you plan to mail your application form and supporting papers to AAA, remember to sign the back of each passport photo. It’s a company policy that you do so.
Checks and money orders are the only acceptable forms of payment for the fee when applying for a permit by mail with any agency. If you want to use a credit card to pay, you’ll need to be physically present.
The Final Remark on Foreign Driver’s Licenses
If an IDP is not required by the country you plan to visit, you can choose whether or not to apply for one.