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International Drivers Licence

International Driving Permits


An International Driving Permit (IDP) or International Drivers Licence is a United Nations sanctioned document that translates your driving classification into nine different languages and is recognised in over 150 countries.

Even if you are not planning to drive while overseas, an IDP is useful to carry in case of an emergency and you require an additional form of identification.

Information changes frequently in member countries. For more information check the AAA International Handbook for Motorists (PDF 1MB/72 pages).

Why do I need an International Driving Permit?

  • An international drivers licence allows you to drive overseas without further tests or applications, provided your Australian driver's licence is still valid
  • You are required to carry your Australian Drivers' Licence with your IDP whilst overseas
  • It is also a requirement for renting a car in many countries. Failure to do so may constitute a criminal or civil offence & may have more serious consequences
  • It can  trigger an exclusion under your travel insurance policy if claiming for loss caused while driving a motor vehicle overseas
  • 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 complemented with an International Driving Permit

How long does it last & can I renew it overseas?

  • Your IDP is valid for twelve months or expires at the same time as your Australian driving licence, which ever comes first.
  • Yes you can renew your international drivers licence from overseas. Simply follow the instructions on the application form and return it to NRMA

How do I get an International Driving Permit?

Only NRMA and associated Members of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) are authorised to issue international drivers licences. You can pick one up by:
  • Visiting your local NRMA office where it can be issued over the counter whilst you wait (branch locations and trading hours are listed below) or
  • Simply complete the International Driving Permit application form (PDF 412KB/2 pages) and post it to NRMA

What do I need to apply for an International Driving Permit?

To apply you must:
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Hold a valid Australian Drivers Licence (either provisional or full licence)
  • Attach a copy of your valid Australian Drivers Licence (front and back)
  • Provide a recent (no more than two years old) passport sized photograph, similar size to your passport, no larger than 3.5cm x 4.5cm. (Please note for the photo to be valid it needs to be on photographic paper)
  • Complete this International Driving Permit application form (PDF 412KB/2 pages)
  • Include your payment of $39 plus express postage costs as detailed on the application form, if you require the IDP to be sent to you (Cash is not accepted please see application form for other methods of payment)

IMPORTANT NOTE: While the NRMA takes all steps to ensure accuracy of the information provided, it must be noted that requirements may change in individual countries and motorists are encouraged to check with the club or local authority in the country they plan to visit either prior to or on arrival in that country to ensure all IDP requirements are complied with.

Send all the above documentation to:
NRMA - IDP
9a York Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

If you need to enquire about the progress of your IDP application form or have and questions, please contact us on 1300 053 052 or email to permits@nrmatravel.com.au

For more information on overseas motoring clubs and the services they provide, please check the AAA International Handbook for Motorists (PDF 1MB/72 pages), or review the appropriate motoring association.

International Driving Permits branch locations
Wynyard
NRMA Travel Office
9A York Street, Wynyard,
Sydney City, 2000, NSW

Phone: 1300 279 528
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed 
Bankstown Centro Bankstown Shopping Centre, Podium Level 3, North Terrace, 
Bankstown 2200, NSW

Phone: 132 132
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Blacktown Westpoint Shopping Centre
Shop 3004, Level 3
Blacktown NSW 2148

Tel: (02) 9848 5760
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Burwood Shop 348 , Westfield Burwood,
100 Burwood Rd,
Burwood 2134, NSW

Tel: 132 132
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Campbelltown Macarthur Square
Shop 28, Lower level
Gilchrist Drive
Campbelltown NSW 2560

Tel: (02) 4640 2510
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Castle Hill

Castle Towers Shopping Centre
Shop 377, Level 2
457 Castle Street
Castle Hill 2154

Tel: 02 8895 0600

Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Chatswood 1 Spring St
Chatswood NSW 2067

Tel: (02) 9972 6402
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Gosford 126 Erina St
Gosford 2250

Tel: 02 4348 8936
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Hornsby Westfield Hornsby Shop 3106,
236 Pacific Hwy
Hornsby NSW 2077

Tel: (02) 132 132

Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Hurstville 5 - 9 Woodville Street
Hurstville 2220

Tel: 02 9502 7404
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Liverpool Westfield Liverpool
Shop 158, level 1
Macquarie St
Liverpool 2170

Tel: (02) 9292 1080

Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Macquarie Macquarie Centre
Shop 432, Level 4, The Loft
North Ryde NSW 2113

Tel: (02) 8895 0660
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Marrickville Marrickville Metro,
Shop 7, 34 Victoria Road, 
Marrickville, 2204, NSW

Phone: 02 9292 2723
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Miranda Level 1, Shop 1015
Westfield Miranda
600 Kingsway
Miranda NSW 2228

Tel: (02) 9502 7553
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Parramatta 153 - 155 Church St
Parramatta NSW 2150

Tel: (02) 8895 0632

Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Penrith Westfield Shopping Centre
Shop 130-132
585 High Street
Penrith 2750

Tel: (02) 4724 7460
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Richmond Magnolia Mall
Shop 14, 285 Windsor St
Richmond NSW 2753

Tel: (02) 4588 2800
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Sydney - City 74-76 King Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: (02) 9292 8292
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Tuggerah Westfield Tuggerah
Shop 1013/4
50 Wyong Road
Tuggerah, 2259

Tel: 132 132
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Warringah Mall - Brookvale Warringah Mall
Shop 139N Ground Floor
Brookvale, 2100

Tel: (02) 132 132
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
Wetherill Park Stockland Town Centre
Shop 39, Polding St
Wetherill Park NSW 2164

Tel: (02) 132 132
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 10am - 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm
Sun: Closed
All information was correct at the time of writing but may change without notice.

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