Why an International Driving Permit (IDP)

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An International Driving Permit (IDP) enables you to drive comfortably abroad with your own valid driver’s license. Car rental companies and traffic authorities often request this document when you are driving overseas with a foreign license.

The IDP serves as a translation of your national driver’s license into multiple languages, making it understandable to authorities in your destination country. It is specifically designed for simplicity and clarity for both English speakers and non-English speakers. Importantly, the IDP is not a substitute for your driver’s license nor does it serve as an official identification document.

The format of the IDP adheres to the standards of the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic of 1949 and is recognized in over 150 countries. In some cases, an IDP is not required if the destination country recognizes your national driver’s license. It is advisable to verify this with the traffic authorities of the country you are traveling to.

You can submit your application for an International Driving Permit easily and quickly online.

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Your application can be completed within 5 minutes.

 

*When traveling internationally, always carry your own valid driver’s license and adhere to all traffic rules and speed limits.

IRB booklet (printed)

This IDP booklet consists of your driver’s license information that you provide during the online application process.

Total of 16 pages including:

  • Period of validity
  • List of countries where 1949 IRB was traditionally accepted (1949 IRB has since been accepted in more countries not listed)
  • Vehicles you can drive with IRB (in 12 languages)
  • Your photo
  • Your signature
  • Your first and last name
  • Your country of birth
  • Your date of birth
  • Your country of residence

The longest validation period we offer is 3 years. Printed IRB will be delivered to your home and the estimated delivery date depends on your selected delivery method and delivery address (2-10 business days).

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View the full pages of the IRB booklet

description of driving classes
Personal information ITP

IRB booklet (digital)

The Digital IRB Booklet is a PDF version of your 1949 IRB Booklet for convenience and immediate needs.

You can save the PDF version of IRB to your phone, laptop or tablet. It will be delivered as soon as possible once your request has been approved via the email address you provided.

Some countries in the world do not accept a digital IRB booklet, especially the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. Be sure to check if your destination country accepts an IRB digital version before placing your order. The best option is to have your actual printed IRB booklet with your original driver’s license.

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International Driving Permit

How do you obtain an international driving permit?

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1. Sign up online

Begin your application for a translation of your driver's license.

2. Upload a photo

Make sure to upload a recent photo and follow the guidelines.

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3. Wait for confirmation

Wait for your confirmation, and you're ready to travel!

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