International Driving Permit
An international Driving Permit is one way of bridging the gaps of
international travel and communication. Valid in over 150 countries,
the permit contains your name, photo and driver information translated
into ten languages. Even if you do not plan on driving to that
particular foreign country, you can get this permit to serve as a valid
id or identity in communicating with foreign authorities. An
international driving permit is issued in the United States by the
American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Automobile
Touring Alliance (AATA). It is used for short term stay to any foreign
country accepting it. However, this is not issued by any US embassy or
Before you go out and discover the world, visit
your nearest AAA office and apply for an International Driver's Permit.
It is advisable that you must apply for this BEFORE going abroad.
Should you want to stay long term in a certain foreign country, you
should be able to convert your IDP into that particular country's local
driver's license. Also take note that IDP's are not intended to replace
valid U.S. state licenses and should only be used as a supplement to a
valid license. In other words, you must also have a valid U.S. state
license in addition to an IDP.
When applying for an IDP, bring the following requirements to any AAA offices:
- Bring your valid U.S. driver's license,
- $15 for fee,
- 2 ORIGINAL passport-type photos (also available at AAA offices), and
- International Driver's Permit Application Form (You can fill out in advance)
- Digital passport photos are accepted but must be in a certain quality. Refer to for digital photo guidelines.
- You can apply by mail. Simply enclose your completed application form, two ORIGINAL passport-type photos
each signed on the back, a $15 permit fee and a photocopy of both sides
of your driver's license and mail them to the AAA office nearest you.
Include additional U.S. funds for expedited return mail service, if
desired. See USPS.com, Fedex.com or UPS.com for rates. Please allow 4
to 6 weeks return Mail.
- Funds must be in U.S. dollars. Acceptable forms of payment are U.S.
bank check or money order payable to AAA and these major credit cards
with expiration date- Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover
- Take note that there are increasing numbers of IDP internet
application scams that make you pay a high price of about $300. Please
be cautious of these things when applying. Only apply to any AAA office
In order for you to find the nearest AAA office click here
. If you have other inquiries regarding IDPâ€™s you can contact:
AAA (American Automobile Association)
1000 AAA Drive
Heathrow, FL 32745-5063
American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)
1151 E. Hillsdale Blvd
Foster City, CA94404
It is also good to remember the Road Safety Tips of the American
Automobile Association so that even if you are driving out of the areas
of the US, you still have a safe and meaningful international driving
experience. Apply online for an international driving permit
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