So you want to cruise the streets of Rome on a red vespa? Or put the top down and hit the winding coastal roads of the south of france. Or daringly charge the vast terrain of the Australian outback? Whichever roads you wish to conquer on your next trip one thing is true. You need to obtain your international driver’s permit to even drive. Let me walk you through how to get your international driver’s permit (license).
What is an International’s Driver Permit?
An International Driver’s License (IDL) is a document that allows you to drive a vehicle in a foreign country, as long as you have a valid driver’s license from your home country. An IDP is not a driver’s license, but it looks very similar to one. It is also known as an International Driving Permit.
How do I get an international driver’s permit in the US?
There are only two ways to obtain an international driver’s permit. Apply in person at any AAA in your area. The second is to send an application by mail to the closest AAA near you. Thankfully enough it’s only a minor inconvenience for you.
International driving permit vs license:
An IDP includes your name, contact information, and a photo. It’s an acceptable form of identification in over 150 countries. An international driving license. The name “international driver’s license” is incorrect, since the document does not grant driving rights and is not a satisfactory substitute for a genuine U.S. driver’s license.
Can I get an international driving permit online?
Although we live in the modern age, you can not get an international driving permit online.
What countries require an international drivers permit?
Depending on the country it may very but Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Spain do require an IDP (International Driver’s Permit ).
When Max and I went to Italy. I needed to get an IDP before my trip in case I had to drive a vehicle. I thought I’d rent a car that way we could take big road trips, but with the amount of time I had I decided to rent a vespa. It was such a fun experience, the only thing is you have to be extremely careful in not scratching the Vespa or getting into an accident. If you do, you obviously loose your deposit.
How To Get an International Driver’s Permit?
Start by filling out your AAA IDP Application. You will need to provide some basic information about yourself, as well as submit a copy of your current driver’s license or identification card.
Then you need to send two original passport pictures. If you’re like me I didn’t have an AAA nearby to take the photos for me, so I got two photos from my local UPS.
Obviously to be able to drive in another country you need to be legally able to drive in your own country. Proof of a valid U.S. driver’s license is needed to fill out the application.
Lastly all you need is to pay $20.00 they take cash, card, and checks. If you are paying by mail check or cash works just fine.
Give it two weeks to process after sending it by mail. If you are Going into a physical AAA location it’ll be ready that day.
What are some International Drivers Permit restrictions?
- Valid for One Year
- Valid only in conjunction with a current driver’s license
- USA license must be carried at all times
- Not valid for driving in the United States
- Must be effective within 6 months of application date
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Many countries around the world require an International Driving Permit (IDP), especially non-English speaking countries. It is always advisable to research the specific requirements of your destination before you travel.
Some popular destinations that require an IDP include:
Generally, yes, you can drive in many European countries with your US license. However, some countries may require an International Driving Permit along with your US license.
Yes, you can drive in England with your US license. You are permitted to do so for up to 12 months from the time you become a resident.
Yes, in Italy, along with your valid US license, you will also need an International Driving Permit.
Other than that, all roads around the globe are now yours to take.