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Planning on driving abroad? You may need an International Driving Permit
An International Driving Permit is a permit that allows you to drive in countries where a UK licence alone isn’t sufficient. These countries include the USA, Turkey, Brazil and Japan, among others.
An IDP is required or recommended in over 140 countries. The IDP you need depends on what country you're visiting. Check the requirements of the country you’re planning on driving in. If you're travelling through more than one country, you might need more than one type of IDP.
You need to have a valid Great Britain (GB) or Northern Ireland driving licence to get an IDP. You may also get an IDP if your licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.
At a participating Post Office branch bring along your full valid photo-card licence, a passport standard photograph (see FAQs) and your valid passport as proof of identification if presenting an older paper version licence.
Full valid GB or Northern Ireland driving licence – photocard or an older paper licence
The £5.50 application fee (cash or debit/credit card)
A passport standard photograph - a recent true likeness of the applicant (see FAQs)
Original valid passport as proof of identification, if presenting an older paper version licence
The rules for driving in Europe have changed. Please visit the GOV.UK website for further information
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Not every country requires an IDP. Use our country checker tool to search for your destination 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.
No. You need to carry your supporting valid GB or Northern Ireland driving licence wherever you drive.
The photograph must be:
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.
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’re travelling or driving through more than one country, you should check the requirements for each country.
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