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.

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?

IDPs are issued through state and territory motoring clubs and the cost to obtain one ranges from about $25 to $50.
Western Australia – RAC (Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Incorporated)  www.rac.com.au

  • You can get an IDP at RAC Member Service Centres (Excluding Auto Service Centres).
  • RAC West Perth is the only Member Service Centre that has the ability to photograph you for an IDP so please take a passport-sized photo to  other centres if applying in person.

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 IDP is valid for 12 months or expires at the same time as your Australian driving licence, whichever comes first