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International Driver's Licence

Updated: Jul 10, 2020


Those travelling to another country on business or holiday often need to rent a car or drive but it gets difficult since they do not have a license that is accepted in that country.

Nothing to worry much as it is easy to get an International Driver's Licence, if you have one in your home country. The International Driver’s Permit is an official travel document that is authorized by the United Nations issued to tourists travelling to foreign countries. It is an official translation of your driver’s license issued in your home country. The document essentially states that you possess a valid driver’s license and it translates your license documents into a number of languages so authorities abroad are able to verify and understand your driving credentials.

The document is printed in a number of different languages- English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian as well as German, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese and the Scandinavian languages. This enables authorities in those countries to understand your driver’s license. This is especially important in case of any mishap, since it will prove your driving credentials.

An IDP is generally valid for a period of one year from its issue or till the driving license expires, whichever is earlier.


How to Apply for an International Driving Licence

Applying for an international driving licence is now a convenient process thanks to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

An individual who wishes to drive in another country is required to apply for an international driving licence, which acts as a driving permit in that particular country.

Individuals can visit the nearest RTO with the required documents and the application fee.

The licence would be handed over to the individual on processing of the application, which usually takes 3-4 business days.


Form for International Driving License

Individuals who are applying for an international driving licence are required to submit a form when applying.

The form can be picked up from any RTO, and is known as the 'Form for the Issue of International Driving Permit', or Form 4.

The individual will have to provide personal details such as name, address, driving licence number, country the individual is travelling to etc.

Fees for International Driving Licence

The processing fee for an international driving licence is fixed at Rs. 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 – Rs. 500

*Revised fee for IDL in January – 2017 – Rs. 1000


Documents Required for International Driving Permit:

Documents Required

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. Applicants should fulfill the criteria as mentioned below:

  1. Should be above 18 years of ages.

  2. Should possess a valid Driving license.

  3. Submit official form issued by the concerned authority and 3 passport-sized photographs.

Indian applicants have to submit additional documentation, as mentioned below:

  1. Form 4

  2. Copy of valid driver's license

  3. Copy of passport and visa

  4. Copy of air tickets

  5. Medical certificate as mentioned in the application form

  6. Application fee of Rs. 500

  7. 5 passport sized photographs

  8. Certified proof of Indian citizenship

  9. Copy of address proof.Copy of age proof

Renewal of International Driving Permit

As per current Indian laws, an International Driving Licence issued from India is valid for a period of one year. The licence cannot be renewed.


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