International Driving Permit (IDP)

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is proof that you hold a valid driver licence in your home country at the date of issue of the IDP. This should be carried with your domestic driver licence. It is a very useful travel document and is required or recommended for many countries when hiring a motor vehicle.  An international driver’s licence (also known as an international driver’s permit or IDP) allows you to drive overseas without further tests or applications.

Please note that the following conditions apply for Australian Drivers Licence holders:

It is compulsory to possess an IDP for the following countries: Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

It is recommended to possess an IDP for the following countries: Argentina, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Zimbabwe.

For non-English drivers licence holders, an international drivers licence is required for all countries worldwide.

How do I get an International Driving Permit?

An IDP is issued through the RAC.

An International Driver’s Permit costs $39.00

Why do I need an International Driving Permit?

  • An IDP allows you to drive overseas without further tests or applications, provided your Australian driving licence is still valid.
  •  It is also a requirement for renting a car in most countries.
  • It can be used as an additional form of identification if your passport is locked away in a safe place.
  • In most cases, your current Australian driving licence is not enough alone when driving in a foreign country. It must be complimented with an International Driving Permit.

How long does it last?

  • Your permit is valid for 12 months or until the expiry date of your Australian driver’s licence, whichever comes first.