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INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS (IDP)

Planning on driving abroad?

You may need an International Driving Permit

IDP Country Checker

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What is an IDP?

An International Driving Permit is a permit that allows you to drive in countries where a UK licence alone is not sufficient. These countries include the USA, Brazil and Japan, among others.

Do I?need one?

An IDP is required or recommended in over 140 countries. Use our IDP Checker tool below to check the requirements of the country you are planning on driving in.

How do I?apply?

You need to have a valid Great Britain (GB) or Northern Ireland driving licence to get an IDP. You may also get an IDP if your licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.

Bring along your full valid photo-card licence, a passport standard photograph (see FAQs) and your valid passport as proof of identification if presenting an older paper version licence.

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Which country are you planning on driving in?

Just tell us where you want to go then we'll tell you whether you need an IDP

 

For travel in the EU from 1st January 2021, please check the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/driving-abroad for the latest guidance on which IDP you may need for driving.

 

An International Driving Permit may be required.

Please check with the authorities in the country you are visiting

When hiring a car abroad, remember that licence requirements worldwide do vary. If you’re making an advance reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm the driving licence requirements of the countries you’re visiting. Without this info, consider an IDP as a precautionary measure. It’s the motorist’s responsibility to check with the driving authority of the country they are visiting for specific driving requirements

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No International Driving Permit is required

When hiring a car abroad, remember that licence requirements worldwide do vary. If you’re making an advance reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm the driving licence requirements of the countries you’re visiting. Without this info, consider an IDP as a precautionary measure. It’s the motorist’s responsibility to check with the driving authority of the country they are visiting for specific driving requirements

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Please enter the full official country name. e.g. For USA enter United States

When hiring a car abroad, remember that licence requirements worldwide do vary. If you’re making an advance reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm the driving licence requirements of the countries you’re visiting. Without this info, consider an IDP as a precautionary measure. It’s the motorist’s responsibility to check with the driving authority of the country they are visiting for specific driving requirements
 

To drive in you will need an

International Driving Permit

Permit valid for 1 Year

How to apply

Bring the following…

  • Full valid UK driving licence - photocard or an older paper licence
  • A passport sized photograph - a recent true likeness of the applicant (see FAQs).
  • The £5.50 application fee (cash or debit / credit card)
  • Original valid passport as proof of identification, if presenting an older paper version licence

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When hiring a car abroad, remember that licence requirements worldwide do vary. If you’re making an advance reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm the driving licence requirements of the countries you’re visiting. Without this info, consider an IDP as a precautionary measure. It’s the motorist’s responsibility to check with the driving authority of the country they are visiting for specific driving requirements

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What you need when applying

  • Full valid GB or Northern Ireland driving licence – photocard or an older paper licence
  • A passport standard photograph - a recent true likeness of the applicant (see FAQs)
  • The £5.50 application fee (cash or debit / credit card)
  • Original valid passport as proof of identification, if presenting an older paper version licence
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Driving in Europe from 1st January 2021

The rules for driving in Europe have changed. Please visit the Gov.uk website for further information.

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Where’s my nearest branch?

Use our branch finder to find your nearest branch that allows you to apply for an IDP.

 
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