International Driving Permit (IDP)

Apply for your International Driving Permit, so you can drive whilst abroad

Planning on driving during your next holiday? Lucky you

But before you can go cruising down Route 66, you may need an International Driving Permit – available for just £5.50 from the Post Office.

What's an International Driving Permit?

The International Driving Permit (is often called an IDP). Once you've got your International Driving Permit you will usually be able to drive in most countries overseas, just make sure you also have your full UK licence with you.

It's required or recommended in over 140 countries – including the USA, Brazil and Hong Kong.

 In some countries its a legal requirement to enable you to drive, while in other countries it may be a compulsory requirement by car hire companies.

Why apply with us?

  • Only £5.50: no additional charges
  • Valid for 12 months – use your permit on as many trips as you like
  • Flexible start time – we can delay the start date of your permit up to three months from when you apply

How it works

Before you apply, find out if you need an IDP to drive abroad.

How can I apply?

You can apply in person. Use our branch finder.

To receive an IDP, you need to be:

  • 18 years or over
  • Have a valid UK driving licence

If you've just passed your test but haven't received your full UK driving licence yet, you're still allowed to apply for an IDP. All you need to do is provide your original provisional licence and your test pass certificate.

Once you've found a branch, it's as easy as filling out an application form. Just make sure that you bring:

  • Your full UK driving licence - Photo card or older paper version licence
  • The £5.50 application fee
  • A passport sized photo signed on the back
  • Proof of identification e.g. passport

When do I need to apply?

You can apply for an IDP up to 3 months before you're due to travel. Once you've received your IDP, it's valid for a year.

Do I still need my UK driving licence?

Yes – the IDP is only valid if you're carrying your UK licence with you.


Get your International Driving Permit

Can we help?

For any general enquiries, call:

0345 611 2970 8.30am-6pm, Mon-Fri
8.30am-2pm, Sat
Closed Sun and bank holidays