An international driving permit permit (IDP), often referred to as an international driving licence (IDL), is translation of a domestic driver licence that allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle in any country or jurisdiction that recognises the document.
An International Driver's License (the correct term is "international driving permit", or IDP) is a document that allows you to drive a motor vehicle legally in 174 countries when it is accompanied by your valid US driver's license. It contains your name, photo and driver information.
Generally, an International Driving License is valid for only one year. In case you're traveling again and need to renew your IDL, here's what you need to do: Apply online through the International Control Traffic Association or you contact us for renewal.
How to use the International Driver's License / Permit
When you buy international driver's permit online from us, your IDP allows you to drive legally in 174 countries. It will not be recognized without your valid US driver's license. An IDP is not proof of driving knowledge or skill, which is why you must also have your driver's license with you. Your IDP does not entitle you to any additional benefits, discounts, privileges, or rights. Anyone offering an "international driver's license" that can provide more than an IDP does is running a scam .
Many people have seen sales pitches for "international driver's licenses" that claim these licenses can do all kinds of things such as act as a driver's license, act as a means of identification, or hide your identity. None of this is true. International driver's licenses do not exist. There are only international driving permits (IDPs). In the United States, IDPs are only issued by two organizations (AAA and AATA). An IDP is a permit, not an ID card or a driver's license, and it won't even be recognized if you don't also hold a valid driver's license from the same country that issued the IDP.
It's not recognized everywhere Your IDL/IDP does not allow you to drive legally in every country, just in those countries that recognize it. Here's a full list of participating countries. Notably absent from this list is the People's Republic of China. (To drive legally in China, you must have a driver's license issued by China.)
International Driving Permits are governed by three international conventions: the 1926 Paris International Convention relative to Motor Traffic, the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, and the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. When a state is contracting to more than one convention, the newest one terminate and replace previous ones.
The IDP, whose A6 size (148 × 105 mm) is slightly larger than a passport, has a grey cover and white inside pages. The outside and inside of the front cover shall be printed in (at least one of) the national language(s) of the issuing State. The last two inside pages shall be printed in French, and pages preceding those two pages shall repeat the first of them in several languages, which must include English, Russian and Spanish.
An IDP is not required if the driver's domestic licence meets the requirements of the 1949 or 1968 convention; the domestic licence can be used directly in a foreign jurisdiction that is a party to that convention. In addition, other arrangements eliminates the need of an IDP in some countries, such as the European driving license valid within the European Economic Area.
To be valid, the IDP must be accompanied by a valid driving license issued in the applicant's country of residence.
When you buy international driver's permit online from us, you get alongside the driver's license of your country of residence. When you move to a different country, you present both for security reasons as most countries will require you to present a driver's license alongside the International driving permit/ international driver's license.
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