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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.

Unfortunately we have had to temporarily remove our online application form. You can still download an application form and if you have any questions regarding IDPs, please contact us on 1300 053 052 or email permits@nrmatravel.com.au

Download an IDP application form

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.


Watch out

Only motoring organisations such as the NRMA are authorised to issue IDP's.
Other, non-sanctioned IDP's are counterfeit and considered illegal to use.

 

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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.


Frequently asked questions


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 form or have and questions, please contact us on 1300 053 052 or email to permits@nrmatravel.com.au


Apply for your IDP in person

Caringbah
MotorServe
7-11 Parraweena Road
Taren Point
NSW 2229
(02) 85781399 Mon-Fri: 7.30am-5.30pm
Sat: 8.00am-12.00pm
Sun: Closed
Gosford
MotorServe
326 Mann Street
Gosford
NSW 2250
(02) 43314299 Mon-Fri: 7.30am-5.30pm
Sat: 8.00am-12.00pm
Sun: Closed
Liverpool
MotorServe
46 Bathurst Street
Liverpool
NSW 2170
(02) 98278999 Mon-Fri: 7.30am-5.30pm
Sat: 8.00am-12.00pm
Sun: Closed
Marrickville MotorServe 54 Smidmore Street
Marrickville
NSW 2204
(02) 93362099 Mon-Fri: 7.30am-5.30pm
Sat: 8.00am-12.00pm
Sun: Closed
Penrith
MotorServe
71 Union Road
Penrith
NSW 2750
(02) 47494699 Mon-Fri: 7.30am-5.30pm
Sat: 8.00am-12.00pm
Sun: Closed
Rouse Hill
MotorServe
Unit 1/2 Resolution Place
Rouse Hill NSW 2155
(02) 88571699 Mon-Fri: 7.30am-5.30pm
Sat: 8.00am-12.00pm
Sun: Closed
Sydney City
NRMA Branch
9A York Street
Sydney
NSW 2000
1300 053 052 Mon-Fri: 9.00am-5.00pm 
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Braddon/Canberra
Thrifty Branch
33 Mort Street
Braddon
ACT 2600
(02) 6247 7422 Mon-Fri: 8.00am-5.30pm 
Sat: 8:00am-1:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-1:00pm
Wollongong MotorServe 32 Kenny Street
Wollongong
NSW 2500
(02) 4258 8899 Mon-Fri: 8.00am-5.00pm
Sat: 8.00am-12.00pm
Sun: Closed

Customers can also visit their local NRMA Office to apply for an IDP.

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