How to Get An International Driving Permit in 8 Minutes

Whether it’s traveling for business or pleasure, an IDP is an essential travel document that ensures one can rent a car, navigate foreign roads, and explore the world with ease.

Feb 29, 2024 | By Florence Sutton

Today’s travellers are more self-sufficient than ever. Perhaps a fatigue with public transport or a disdain for long queues on holiday buses, the International Drivers Association or IDA allows one to drive legally and confidently abroad. The International Drivers Association (IDA) is able to process applications from over 165 countries. As part of their online process, applicants will be required to answer a brief set of questions and upload a valid copy of both sides of their driver’s license and a digital photograph of their passport.

A digital version of the International Driving Permit (IDP) will be issued to approved applicants and received within eight minutes, followed by the dispatch of a hard copy package within the subsequent two working days. Rest assured, a prompt refund will be issued in the event of an invalid application. A digital IDP is always available through the “My Order” section if you ever need a backup. In the unfortunate event of losing the card, worry not; IDA will ship a replacement card and booklet free of charge. The IDP is a translation document to be presented alongside your driver’s license. Please keep in mind it does not possess any official status or confer any legal privileges or rights. LUXUO gets a first-hand insight into how International Driving Permits work in this exclusive interview.

What is an International Driving Permit or IDP?

An International Driving Permit (IDP) serves as a translation of your valid driver’s license, allowing international authorities to understand your credentials, thereby facilitating driving in foreign countries amidst language barriers or regulatory differences.

What is the difference between an international driver’s license and an international driving permit?

The terms “international driver’s license” and “international driving permit” are often used interchangeably, but the correct term is International Driving Permit (IDP).


How many countries recognize IDPs?

Our IDP is recognised and accepted in over 150 countries worldwide. Often, your native driver’s license may be sufficient, but an IDP can be a requirement for car rentals and insurance services abroad, marking its growing importance.

How old do I have to be to obtain an IDP and which address do I use on the IDP application form?

Applicants must be over 18 and hold a valid driver’s license. Some countries may have a minimum age requirement of 21 for driving with an IDP. Use your permanent residence address on the application form.

How will I benefit by carrying an International Driving Permit on my next trip abroad?

Carrying an IDP provides peace of mind, ensuring you meet the legal requirements to rent and drive a car overseas. Additionally, as a customer of the International Drivers Association, our value extends far more than our IDP; you also gain access to a vast network of travel-related local and global offers and deals through our partners.

How long is an IDP valid for?

We offer IDPs with up to three years of validity, catering to various travel needs and durations.

What are the requirements to get an International Driving Permit?

Our aim is to simplify the IDP application process. You need a valid driver’s license, a photo, and a signature. We handle everything else, making the process seamless for you.

How long does it take to get my IDP?

The International Drivers Association prides itself on efficiency, processing your IDP application in 8 minutes or less, ensuring you receive prompt and reliable service.

Can I rent a car using your International Driving Permit?

Absolutely. An IDP is commonly used for car rentals, making it an essential travel document for drivers abroad.

Can you ship a printed IDP?

Yes, we provide global shipping options, ranging from cost-effective standard postal mail to expedited services via FedEx, UPS, and DHL, ensuring you receive your IDP wherever you are.

Do you have a refund policy in place?

Customer satisfaction is paramount. We offer a true 3-year money-back guarantee if your IDP is not accepted, alongside unlimited free replacements should your IDP be lost. These benefits are included with every IDP purchase: This is the International Drivers Association difference.

To learn more or apply for your own International Drivers Association (IDA), click the link here.

For more on International Driver’s Licenses in the United States click here.

For more International Driver’s Licenses in Singapore, click here.

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