FAQs - International Drivers Permits

 What is an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

An IDP is issued to holders of an Australian state/territory driver’s licence when they wish to drive a vehicle whilst overseas. An IDP is a driving permit for tourists, authorised by a United Nations treaty as;

  • A means of allowing you to drive internationally, without further tests or applications, provided your domestic driver’s licence is valid.
  • Proof that you hold a valid driver’s licence in your home country at the date of issue of the IDP.

The IDP is for a translation purposes only, and does not provide for a legal right to drive within any contracting country unless the local law provides for such a right. Applicants must be aware that in some instances additional certification is required from the Authorities in the country to be visited prior to the IDP being given legal status. Applicants should contact the embassy or consulate of the intended country of visit to confirm the states of the IDP. 

 What is the difference between an International Driving Permit (IDP) and International Driving  Licence (IDL)?

There is no such thing as an International Driving 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 exisit on the internet and consumers must be mindful when choosing a provider. In Australia only the Australian Automobile Association, through the State and Territory Motoring Clubs, is authorised to issue IDPs.

How much does it cost for an IDP?

$39.00AUD plus postage.

Can I apply for an IDP if I’ve my driver’s licence has been lost, suspended, cancelled or revoked?

No.  You must be the holder of and be able to produce a valid licence before you can apply for an IDP.

How long does it take to receive an IDP?

Allow up to 10 workings days.  If postage is required for overseas please allow extra time.

I need an IDP tomorrow, can I get one overnight?

  • Normal processing time for an IDP application lodged through the AAA is about 10 working days.
  • For online and postage applications please allow up to 10 working days.
  • You may be able to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) immediately at a shopfront of the motoring club in your state/territory.

How do I replace my IDP if I have lost it?

No.  You will be required to obtain a new International Driving Permit (IDP), either online, by post or through your nearest motoring club (in Australia).

Can I apply for an IDP if I have an overseas drivers licence?

No. Only Australian drivers’ licence holders may apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) through Australian Automobile Association (AAA) or through one of your motoring club’s shopfronts.

How long is an IDP valid for?

An IDP is valid for 12 months from the date of issue unless your domestic driving licence expires, is suspended or revoked in the meantime.

Am I required to have an IDP when driving in other countries?

Some countries will not recognise your Australian driver’s licence, but will recognise an International Driving Permit (IDP).   To determine whether you require an IDP, got to the International Driving Permit Directory.

I have a learners licence, can I apply for an IDP?

No. The IDP can only be issued to holders of a provisional or full driver’s licence who are aged 18 years and older.

Will I need to carry my Australian driver’s licence once I have my IDP?

Yes. An IDP is not a stand-alone document or a substitute for a valid driving licence. You must carry your Australian state/territory drivers licence with your IDP at all times.

Can I organise an IDP to be valid from a future date?

No. An IDP cannot be post-dated.

Processing my IDP application online, it doesn’t except my address.  What can I do?

You can enter the address manually by clicking the “Enter one manually” link. If you have any issues with this process, please send an email to [email protected]

I tried processing my application online and my state does not come up?

NSW, ACT, RACV are currently online. Other states/territory are scheduled to be online during 2017.  You can download the application or visit your local motoring club in your state/territory.

I have applied for my IDP online, can I download it?

No. The IDP is a passport size booklet comprising of numerous pages. It can only be supplied by the AAA or through the shopfront of the motoring club in your state/territory.

Can I apply for an IDP while I’m travelling overseas?

Yes.  You can apply online or download application and post it to your state/territory motoring club.

What languages are included in my IDP?

English, German, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French, Greek and Arabic.

My IDP hasn’t arrived in the mail, what should I do?

Contact your local motoring club or send an email to [email protected]

The Government website of the country I am visiting states that I don’t require an IDP.  Should I still obtain one?

Obtaining an IDP is a personal choice.  An IDP can provide you with an extra piece of identification along with your personal details (this can be useful if you are ever asked to surrender your passport or you lose it). Do I require two (2) IDP’s for a motorbike and car licence?

No. The licence classifications will be translated onto one (1) IDP.

Why can’t my IDP be valid for three (3) years?

The rules around IPD validity times are  dictated by the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva,1949). The Australian Government is a signatory to this convention and therefore IDPs are vaklid for a maximum period of 12 months.

Can I obtain an IDP interstate?

Yes.  As long as you hold a current Australian driver’s licence.

Customers can also apply for an IDP via post by completing an IDP application form or in person at a shopfront of the  motoring club in your state/territory.