International Driving Permit
If you’re planning to drive abroad, do be aware that you may be required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) for some non-EU countries.
An IDP authorises the driver to drive a privately owned, or hired, motor car overseas.
The IDP is in addition to the driver’s UK driving licence and needs to be applied for in advance.
A full list of non-EU countries that require an IDP can be found on both the AA website and also the RAC website.
There are a few restrictions to note when applying for the IDP:
- The driver must hold a current, valid and full UK driving licence
- The driver must be a permanent resident of the UK
- The driver must be 18 or over.
The International Driving Permit has to be paid for, costing £8.00 (correct at time of going to print – Jan '15).
The IDP can be applied for from the RAC - a form can be downloaded here - or some Post Offices.
The International Driving Permit may only be applied for 3 months in advance of travel. Once issued, it is valid for one year.