An International Driving Permit (IDP) is an internationally recognised permit which allows you to drive overseas. You can purchase an international driver’s license from the NRMA by going to our international driving permits page
However, it’s not a driving licence in its own right. You must also carry your current Australian driver’s licence with you when you travel.
Even if you don’t intend to drive when you travel overseas you should always carry an International Driving Permit.
- IDPs are officially sanctioned by the United Nations and accepted worldwide (in over 150 countries) as a recognisable form of identification;
- Your IDP carries your identification details in nine languages (English, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, German, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and French), in case you need to communicate with foreign authorities;
- In some countries you may be asked to surrender your passport under certain circumstances. An IDP provides an extra photo ID in nine languages which you can always carry with you;
- IDPs are a special permit for tourists, authorised by a United Nations Treaty for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive internationally without further tests or applications provided their domestic drivers licence is valid;
- An IDP is proof that you hold a valid drivers licence in your home country at the date of issue of the IDP and should be carried with your domestic drivers licence;
- A valid IDP permits you to drive in most foreign countries in case of an emergency under normal IDP conditions.
The authorization for the International Driver License has its basis in the United Nations conventions on Road Traffic and Safety held in 1923, 1943, 1949 and 1968, which established standards for the International Driving permit.
Your IDP is valid for twelve months or expires at the same time as your Australian driving licence, whichever comes first.
Internet IDP Warning
Counterfeit IDPs are being offered for sale on the Internet, usually at inflated prices. These forged IDPs are illegal and can get the holder into a great deal of difficulty with the traffic authorities in various countries. In Australia only the Australian Automobile Association, through the State and Territory Motoring Clubs, is authorised to issue IDPs.