International Driving Permit (IDP)

International Driving Permit (IDP)

International Driving Permit

Where do I obtain an International Driving Permit?

An International Driving Permit can be obtained at a local office of one
of the two automobile associations by the U.S. Department of State:

What is an International Driving Permit?

An IDL can help you communicate with foreign authorities. The IDP provides an official translation of your driver license into 10 foreign languages
and is acknowledged in over 150 countries around the world. IDP’s are not driver licenses but should be used as a supplement to one.

Do I need an International Driving Permit?

An IDL is needed for travel more than 50 miles into Canada or 300 miles into Mexico and should be obtained prior to driving in any other countries.

Who is eligible for an International Driving Permit?

IDP issuance is restricted to persons 18 years and older who hold a valid US License.

How long is the International Driving Permit valid?

The IDP is valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance. A new IDP must be applied for each year.

Note: International Driving Permit may not be issued more than six months in advance of desired effective date.

How much does an International Driving Permit cost?

The cost for an IDP is $15 plus applicable shipping & handling fees.

Shipping Via U.S. Postal Service:

First Class Mail = $3.00

Priority Mail = $6.00

Shipping Via Courier (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.):

Expedited Service = $30.00 for U.S. domestic delivery $75.00 for international delivery

What is the average wait for receiving an International Driving Permit?

Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for the IDL to be processed unless you pay for expedited shipping.

Can I apply online?

No. Due to the requirements that hard copy supporting documents (i.e. original photos and signed copy of drivers license)
and payment be included in the submission, only application received by mail or in person will be accepted.

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