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INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS (IDP)

Planning on driving abroad?

You may need an International Driving Permit

IDP Country Checker

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What is an IDP?

An International Driving Permit is a permit that allows you to drive in countries where a UK licence alone is not sufficient. These countries include the USA, Brazil and Japan, among others.

Do I need one?

An IDP is required or recommended in over 140 countries. Use our IDP Checker tool below to check the requirements of the country you are planning on driving in.

How do I apply?

Find your nearest Post Office branch that offers the IDP service using our branch finder tool.

Bring along your full valid UK photo-card driving licence, a passport standard photograph (see FAQs), and your valid passport as proof of identification if presenting an older paper version licence.

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Which country are you planning on driving in?

Just tell us where you want to go then we'll tell you whether you need an IDP

 

For Travel in the EU existing arrangements will continue unchanged for the duration of the transition period - until 31 December 2020. This means that UK driving licences will continue to be recognised in the EU without the need for an IDP. Arrangements for January 2021 onwards will be subject to the EU-UK future relationship negotiations.

 

Post Offices offering the IDP service can provide information on IDP requirements, or you can visit www.gov.uk/driving-abroad/international-driving-permit

An International Driving Permit may be required.

Please check with the authorities in the country you are visiting

When hiring a car abroad, remember that licence requirements worldwide do vary. If you’re making an advance reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm the driving licence requirements of the countries you’re visiting. Without this info, consider an IDP as a precautionary measure. It’s the motorist’s responsibility to check with the driving authority of the country they are visiting for specific driving requirements

To drive in

No International Driving Permit is required

When hiring a car abroad, remember that licence requirements worldwide do vary. If you’re making an advance reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm the driving licence requirements of the countries you’re visiting. Without this info, consider an IDP as a precautionary measure. It’s the motorist’s responsibility to check with the driving authority of the country they are visiting for specific driving requirements

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Please enter the full official country name. e.g. For USA enter United States

When hiring a car abroad, remember that licence requirements worldwide do vary. If you’re making an advance reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm the driving licence requirements of the countries you’re visiting. Without this info, consider an IDP as a precautionary measure. It’s the motorist’s responsibility to check with the driving authority of the country they are visiting for specific driving requirements
 

To drive in you will need an

International Driving Permit

Permit valid for 1 Year

How to apply

Bring the following…

  • Full valid UK driving licence - photocard or an older paper licence
  • A passport sized photograph - a recent true likeness of the applicant (see FAQs).
  • The £5.50 application fee (cash or debit / credit card)
  • Original valid passport as proof of identification, if presenting an older paper version licence

Find your nearest branch

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When hiring a car abroad, remember that licence requirements worldwide do vary. If you’re making an advance reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm the driving licence requirements of the countries you’re visiting. Without this info, consider an IDP as a precautionary measure. It’s the motorist’s responsibility to check with the driving authority of the country they are visiting for specific driving requirements

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What you need when applying

  • Full valid UK driving licence - photocard or an older paper licence
  • A passport standard photograph - a recent true likeness of the applicant (see FAQs)
  • The £5.50 application fee (cash or debit / credit card)
  • Original valid passport as proof of identification, if presenting an older paper version licence
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Driving in the EU after Brexit

The Government has confirmed that if there is no deal with the EU then recognition of UK driving licences in the EU may end. 

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Where’s my nearest branch?

Use our branch finder to find your nearest branch that allows you to apply for an IDP.

 
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