is an International Drivers Permit (IDP)?
A United Nations treaty gives residents
of one country the right to drive in other countries
using the drivers license issued by the government
where they live. To make the process easier, you can
get an International Drivers Permit (IDP) that
translates your drivers license into 10 different
languages, making it easier for officials in foreign
countries to understand.
Does the IDP replace my drivers
No, its just a supplement to a
valid license. You need your regular license to drive
in another country.
Where do you get an International
Drivers Permit?The U.S. Department
of State has authorized only two organizations to
issue the IDP. You can get one through the American
Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile
Touring Alliance (AATA).
are the requirements to get an IDP?
If youre a U.S. resident, you
must be at least 18 years old and have a valid drivers
Can I use an IDP as a form of identification?
Can I use an IDP to drive
in the United States?
If youre a U.S. citizen, its not a valid
drivers license to use in the U.S. In fact,
if youre a U.S. citizen and caught using an
IDP instead of a drivers license, you can get
in big trouble.
What happens if someone claims
I can use an IDP instead of a valid drivers
Its a scam. Heres what the
Federal Trade Commission has to say:
and offers for fake IDLs and IDPs are showing up on
websites and as spam email. They also are sold "on
The price for one of these
fake documents can range from $65 to $350.
marketers falsely claim that their documents:
consumers to drive legally in the U.S., even if they
don't have state-issued licenses or if their state-issued
licenses have been suspended or revoked;
* can be used to avoid points or fines affecting state-issued
drivers' licenses; and
* can be used as photo ID in the U.S.