International Driving Permits
If you're going overseas, it's a good idea to get yourself an International Driving Permit (IDP) – sometimes referred to as an international drivers licence. You may need one to rent or drive a vehicle, and they're also recognised as valid identification in over 150 countries.
As a United Nations sanctioned document, an IDP provides identification details in 9 different languages, is a useful form of photo identification and allows you to drive internationally without any further tests or applications.
How to get my International Driving Permit
An IDP costs just $39 (AUD). You'll need to be over 18, hold a valid Australian driver's licence, and provide a recent passport-sized photo – less than 3.5cm x 4.5cm.
Only motoring organisations such as the NRMA are authorised to issue IDP's.
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"It was really quick and easy to get mine (IDP) from the NRMA, and it came in handy more than once as I drove around Europe." - Sam N, Stanmore.
Are international driving licences the same as International Drivers Permits?
No, there's actually no such licence. An International Drivers Permit is a United Nations sanctioned document and will always have "Convention on International Road Traffic of 19 September, 1949" on its cover. Counterfeit IDP's or licences usually don't show this anywhere. IDPs are only available from State and Territory Motoring clubs such as the NRMA.
Why are IDPs a United Nations sanctioned document?
The United Nations together with its Member states agreed that an IDP document would be accepted across a wide range of countries as proof that the holder is qualified to drive.
I have a learner's licence, can I apply for an IDP?
Unfortunately not. The IDP can only be issued to a Provisional or full drivers licence holders, aged 18 years and older.
Will I need to carry my Australian licence once I have my IDP?
An IDP is not a stand-alone document or a substitute for a valid driving licence. You must carry your Australian state/territory licence with your IDP at all times.
Does an IDP give me any special driving privileges?
No. You still must follow the road rules, laws and regulations of the countries you visit.
How long is an IDP valid for?
Your IDP is valid for 12 months from the date of issue or the expiry of your Australian licence (whichever comes first).
Can I organise an IDP to be valid from a future date?
No. An IDP cannot be post-dated.
Can I renew my IDP overseas?
Yes, through our online application process. Please allow up to 10 business days for us to process and send it to your specified address – and then adequate time for the overseas postal service. If you've lived overseas for more than 12 months you may need to apply for a local licence. Your local authorities can advise you.
If I apply online how long will it take to receive my IDP?
For an IDP sent to an Australian address please allow between 5 to 7 working days from the time it is submitted (depending on the postal service selected). For IDPs that are to be sent to an overseas address please allow for 10 or more working days (depending on postal service selected and destination).
What languages are included on my IDP?
English, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, German, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and French.
If you need to enquire about the progress of your IDP application or have a question, please contact us on 1300 053 052 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Customers can also apply for an IDP via post by completing an IDP application form, or in person at their local NRMA Office or select NRMA MotorServe, Thrifty and Travel locations.
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