International Driving Licence  or International Drivers Permit is a drivers permit required for Indian citizens to drive a vehicle in foreign countries. IDP is short form of International Driving  Permit. If you want to apply for International drivers licence, it has to be applied to the RTO from where driving license was issued originally.

In the article below the documents required for International driving license and international driving permit countries are explained. Not only do people travelling abroad need a Driving License to drive vehicle there, but they must accompany their international Drivers license India by valid passport and visa.

Indian motorists holding Indian driving licence intending to drive in a foreign country can apply for this. It is issued from RTO (Regional transport office) of your district. You must be 18 years or older to apply for International Driver’s License. No test is required for issuing this license. Apply today with Itzeazy in less than a minute.

International Driving Licence

The International Driving licence is a document giving traveler’s legal right to drive in a country other than their home country. i.e 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.

Need of International Driving Permit

Firstly those probing to drive abroad should apply for an International Driver’s Permit or International Driving license. The International Driver’s Permit is an official travel document that is permitted by the United Nations issued to tourists travelling to foreign countries. Whereas, International Driving License is a translated copy of the original driver’s

Licence that is issued by State transport licensing authority in India. This document indispensably states that you hold a valid driver’s license that translates your license documents into a number of languages so that it is a easy doddle for the authorities to confirm your driving credentials.
With an international driver’s License, an Indian can drive or rent vehicles in a foreign country. All foreign nationals who stop over our country are also solicited to apply for the licence.

On the basis of visa status in some countires, the driving licence is allowed.So  these countries may allow 30 days driving without driving permit but then require to issue local driving licence

Advantages of International Driving  Licence

It has many benefits:

  • Used as a proof of identity document in many countries.
  • Proof that the person holds a valid driver’s license in the country for which it was issued and can drive there.
  • The holder’s information can be verified easily through variety of languages written on the IDL such as English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Scandinavian, etc.

Eligibility for International Driving Licence

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.

Apply for international driving 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

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.

Once physical visit of the applicant  to  the RTO is mandatory for verification purpose.

Documents Required for International Driving Licence

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
  • Proof copy of valid driver’s license
  • Passport and visa copy
  • 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 (IDP) look

The IDP is slightly larger than a passport, is a multi-language translation of the driver’s licence from the issuing nation with photograph and vital statistics.

International Driving Permit

International Driving Permit

International Drivers Licence – 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.

International Driving License India fees

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 – ₹. 1000


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 at RTO as per your current residence (not the one on your driving licence or passport.)

How long does it take to get an International Drivers Licence?

Processing generally takes up to two weeks.

Which countires 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

Which forms need for getting 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.

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Can we do renewal of International Driving Permit?

The  IDP cannot be renewed as per current Indian laws.


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