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Common International Driving Permit (IDP) questions

About International Driving Permits

  • An IDP is required or recommended in over 140 countries. The IDP you need depends on what country you're visiting.

    Use our IDP checker tool to check the requirements of the country you are planning on driving in. If you're travelling through more than one country, you might need more than one type of IDP.

  • For travel in the EU from 1 January 2021, please check the GOV.UK website for the latest guidance on which IDP you may need for driving.

  • Not every country requires an IDP. Use our country checker tool to search for your destination country.

Driving abroad

  • No. You need to carry your supporting valid GB or Northern Ireland driving licence wherever you drive.

  • IDPs are valid for 1 to 3 years depending on the type of IDP required for your destination country. A 1968 IDP is valid for 3 years or until the expiry of your driving licence, whichever is sooner.

    Whilst your IDP is valid it can be used in as many countries as you wish providing you have the correct version. Some countries, like Japan, only allow you to drive for one year on an IDP, regardless of the length of its validity.

  • For further information about driving abroad, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Applying for an IDP

Who can apply?

  • Yes. You can apply 3 months before you travel, however a permit cannot be backdated.

  • Yes, you can purchase as many permits as required. Please remember that you may need more than one permit if you are travelling  or driving  through more than one country, you should check the requirements for each country.

  • You can apply for an IDP if you hold a full, valid GB or Northern Ireland driving licence or if your licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.

  • Yes they can, providing they have the correct supporting documents.

  • The photograph must be:

    • Recent true likeness of the applicant and of the full face (face forward with nothing covering your face)
    • In colour, against a light grey or cream background
    • Clear, in sharp focus, free from red-eye with no shadow
    • Free from any reflection or glare from glasses
    • In good condition, not damaged, creased, torn or marked

Contacting Post Office about your IDP experience in branch

If you have a question, feedback or complaint about your IDP experience in branch, here’s how to tell us.

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