International Motoring

The following information is provided for overseas tourists, to assist them in their understanding of the different road rules and regulations that apply in each Australian State and Territory, and to provide guidance to Australians travelling overseas.

For enquiries please email: [email protected] 

INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT

Example of an IDP An International Driving Permit (IDP) is also known as an International Driving Licence and is a requirement for renting a motor vehicle in many countries. It is also helpful for tourists who find themselves in need of identification or assistance. To determine whether you require an IDP, go to the International Driving Permit Directory.

An IDP costs $39 AUD plus postage, and can take up to 10 business days to process if ordered online.

IMPORTANT: The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is the only authority duly authorised to sell IDPs in Australia. An IDP from the AAA must have the AAA Logo and official stamp. Any IDP that is not issued by the AAA in Australia is fraudulent.

To apply for an IDP, please select your state below.

QLD NSW ACT VIC
TAS  SA WA NT

To download the application form please click here.

More information on IDPs

Frequently Asked Questions about IDPs

Note: An IDP is only valid if you hold a current Australian Driver's Licence. You may be asked to provide proof of travel and/or return dates to Australia, as an IDP is designed for touring purposes and anyone residing in another country for a lengthy period should apply for a licence in that country.

RENEW AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS PERMIT (IDP)

To renew your IDP please follow the instructions for obtaining a new IDP as listed above. Please note that if you've been travelling for longer than 12 months you may need to check with the local authority for eligibility. 

TAKING YOUR CAR OVERSEAS

The document used to identify your vehicle is called a Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD) and allows visitors to temporarily import their vehicles for a limited period of time. Read more.                                              Download the application 

IMPORTATION OF VEHICLES INTO INDONESIA

From the 1st September 2016, CPD Carnet holders are required to inform Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI) of their temporary importation into Indonesia.  The CPD holder/s are required to advise them the following to IMI via email: [email protected] . If this information is NOT received, The Indonesian Customs Office will not accept any vehicle with a CPD carnet into Indonesia.  Please provide the following; Name, Country, CPD number, Port of Entry to Indonesia, Itinerary Plan in Indonesia, Port of exit from Indonesia.

Frequently Asked Questions about Carnets

CAMPING CARD INTERNATIONAL

The Camping Card International (CCI) is a useful and widely recognised document throughout Europe at camping and caravanning sites.  In some Europe campsites, it is a requirement to have a CCI card for Liability Insurance.  A CCI card is a discount card at more than 2,500 campsites throughout Europe.  This discount can be as much as 25% in both high season and low season. For more information and application on Camping Card International, contact the Motoring Club in your State/Territory.

bringING your car to australia


GENERAL INFORMATION

The importation of cars, motorcycles, trailers and other vehicles (including caravans) is controlled under the Customs Act, 1901. Read more.

IMPORTING YOUR VEHICLE INTO AUSTRALIA UNDER THE COVER OF A CARNET

The simplest way to bring your vehicle to Australia on a temporary basis is by Carnet De Passages en Douane (CPD carnet). Read more.

IMPORTING YOUR VEHICLE INTO AUSTRALIA WITHOUT A CARNET

Vehicles temporary imported into Australia without a carnet will be required to provide security with Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on arrival in Australia. Read more.

REGISTERATION REQUIREMENTS/COMPULSORY THIRD PARTY INSURANCE

All vehicles travelling on Australian roads are required to be covered by Compulsory Third Party CTP (bodily injury) Insurance.  Read more.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT DRIVING IN AUSTRALIA

Driving in Australia can be difficult if you dont have all the information and rules. Read more.

MOTORCYCLE & BICYCLE SAFETY 

If you are riding a motorcycle, motor scooter or bicycle, you are required to wear a helmet at all times. Read more.  

SELLING YOUR VEHICLE

Before your vehicle is sold in Australia you must pay Customs Duty and the carnet cleared by Australian Customs and Border Protection. Read more.