International Drivers Licence or International Driving permit is required for Indian citizens to drive a vehicle in foreign countries . Only Driving License is not sufficient to drive vehicle their. Also, international drivers license should be accompanied by valid passport and visa.
The validity of International drivers license is one year and it is issued from RTO ( Regional transport office).
International Driving Permit (IDP)
International Driving Permit (IDP) is an identity document that allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle in any country that recognizes IDPs. The International Driving Permit is recognized worldwide as a valuable document identifying motorists as legally-licensed drivers, in the country they are traveling. There are some misconceptions about international driving permits. An IDP translates your license into different languages; it is not a laminated free-for-all to drive all over the globe. Since the permit is not a license to drive in itself, you will need to carry your own, domestic driver’s license wherever you go. Not all rental car companies will ask for your IDP, but you should never be caught on a foreign road without it since, in the event that something goes wrong, you will need to present it to police, others involved in an accident, or while filing an insurance claim.
Your driver’s license may not be valid in all other foreign countries. Since different countries make up different rules about this important issue and sometimes change rules without notice, check your country’s embassy web page for up-to-date information. Whether you are allowed to drive with your own country’s driver’s license may also depend on your visa status. Certain countries may allow you to drive there for up to 30 days, but after that require you to apply for a local license.
International Drivers Licence -Eligibility
Any Indian citizen holding a valid driving license and passport can apply for an international driving permit. Licensing authority reserves the rights to reject applications if the applicant fails to produce necessary documents as per stipulated rules. Make sure your address on the passport and driving license must be same as per the location mentioned in the application. An IDP is valid only for one year from the date of issue.
How to get an international drivers licence
In India to apply for International driving licence one must have Indian Driving Licence . If you dont have one , first you should apply for driving licence . To know the procedure for new driving licence please refer https://itzeazy.in/blog/2018/02/11/driving-licence/
International drivers License can be issued by the RTO , from where Driving License was issued . If address or city got changed, Its necessary to go for either new Driving License from the new city or change address in the Driving license before applying for international driving license. To know the procedure to change address in driving licence please refer https://itzeazy.in/blog/2017/10/10/change-address-driving-license/
Once physical visit of the applicant to the RTO is mandatory for verification purpose.
Documents Required for International Driving Permit
Applicants should be above 18 years of ages and should possess a valid Driving license. Following additional documents should be submitted along with the official form issued by the concerned authority :
- Form 4-A
- Copy of valid driver’s license
- Copy of passport and visa
- Copy of air tickets
- Medical certificate as mentioned in the application form
- Application fee
- 5 passport sized photographs
- Copy of address proof
- Copy of age proof
It is advised to keep extra passport-sized photographs.
The International Driving Permit requirements and eligibility are uniform across all the signatory countries. Most countries levy a small fee to issue them, which varies from country to country.
International Drivers Permit is denied to:
Applicant not holding a valid Indian Passport and driving license from the local issuing authority.
How does International Drivers permit look
The IDP is slightly larger than a passport, is a multi-language translation of the driver’s licence from the issuing nation, complete with photograph and vital statistics.
International Drivers License – Validity
According to the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic, an IDP remains valid for one year from the date of issue. However, the state in which the visitor is driving may limit the period during which an International Driving Permit is recognized for each visit of that state. In any case, the length of the visitor’s stay is determined by the validity of his visa or authorized length of stay as a visitor.
Issues when moving permanently from one country to another
Most licence-issuing authorities require holders of foreign licences taking up residence in their jurisdiction to obtain a local driver’s licence within a limited time, typically 6 months or 1 year. In most cases, the driver must follow the full local procedure for obtaining a licence, but some jurisdictions have mutual recognition agreements and will exchange the foreign licence for a local one without the need to undertake an additional driving test.
An exception is the EU, where licences do not need to be exchanged since the introduction of the common EU-driver’s-licence scheme.
Can we get International Driving Permit in India??
Yes! The International Driving Permit issued by Indian RTOs is valid for all the countries in the world. You have to apply to the RTO as per your current residence and not the one on your driving licence or passport.
How long does it take to get an International Driver’s Licence?
Processing generally takes up to two weeks.
Countries which accept Indian International Driving Licence
Indian International drivers licence is valid in the countries who have signed the 1949 Geneva convention. The current parties to the 1949 Geneva Convention are listed below . These jurisdictions issue International Driving Permits.
According to the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic, an IDP remains valid for one year from the date of issue, with a grace period of six months.
Asia, Oceania (19) – Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong(SAR), India, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand
Americas (15) – Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Venezuela
Europe (36) – Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City .
Middle East, Africa (32) – Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Israel, Jordan, Kingdom of Lesotho, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe
Fees for International Driving Licence
The processing fee for an international driving licence is fixed at ₹. 500 per licence. The applicant will have to make the payment at the time of submitting the documents and application form.
Old Fee for IDP – ₹. 500
*Revised fee for IDL in January – 2017 – ₹. 1500
Forms for International Drivers Licence
Individuals who are applying for an international drivers licence are required to submit the ‘Form for the Issue of International Driving Permit’ or Form 4-A which can be obtained from any RTO.
Forms can be downloaded from the link https://www.itzeazy.com/rto-forms.html
Renewal of International Driving Permit
The IDP cannot be renewed as per current Indian laws.
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