International Driving Permit

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An International Driving Permit (IDP) is valid for 12 months from the date of issue

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is valid for 12 months from the date of issue

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. (See important note 1 below.)

Recognised internationally, an International Driving Permit (IDP) normally allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle when accompanied by a valid UK driving licence. (See important note 2 below.)

Most countries require a 1949 Convention IDP but for certain countries, a 1926 Convention IDP is necessary.

An International Driving Permit is not the same as an International Driving Licence.

  • The AA is authorised to issue both the 1926 and 1949 Convention IDPs to applicants 18 years and over who hold a valid UK driving licence, or can obtain such a licence on the basis of a valid pass certificate.
  • IDPs cannot be issued to a holder of a UK provisional driving licence without the test pass certificate and provisional driving licence.
  • An IDP is a permit for use in conjunction with your driving licence, not in place of it
  • In some countries, you risk being fined or worse for relying solely on an IDP

Before applying for an International Driving Permit (IDP) you must:

Important notes

  1. Applications can not be made any more than three months in advance of the date of travel. An International Driving Permit can not be backdated under any circumstances.
  2. Persons going to a country to take up residence or employment, or for any reason other than tourism, should make enquiries about their personal position before relying on a permit.
  3. It is important to check the accuracy of the personal information printed on your driving licence. If there are any errors or you have a change of name or address, you should immediately notify the DVLA/DVLNI.
  4. When hiring a car overseas remember that driving licence requirements worldwide do vary. Therefore, if you are making an advanced reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm driving licence requirements of the country to be visited. In the absence of such information consider an IDP as a precautionary measure, especially if travelling outside Europe.
  5. AN IDP ISSUED IN THE UK IS NOT VALID FOR USE IN THE UK.
  6. All International Driving Permits will be returned to UK addresses by standard first class mail, unless the optional 'secure post' fee is paid. We do not accept responsibility for items that may be delayed or lost in the post.

There are three ways you can apply for an International Driving Permit

Apply for an IDP by post

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Apply at AA Folkestone (Eurotunnel)

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Apply at selected Post Offices

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Is an IDP the same as an International Driving Licence (IDL)?

No. An International Driving Licence is not a legally recognised document and will not enable you to meet national requirements to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP).

(Updated 30 October 2014)