Buying an International Driving Permit

International Driving Permit

International Driving Permit

In order to drive in a foreign country, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP). If you have a U.S. driver’s license, getting an IDP is easy.

To buy an IDP, I went to a local AAA office. There I was able to buy the permit and get my picture taken. A picture is required and goes inside the permit. The photo cost $12 and the permit cost $15.

After your picture is taken, you need to fill out a simple one-page form, including current residence address and when you want the permit to be activated. The IDP may be issued six months in advance of activated date.

Note: Make sure your current driver’s license will be active throughout your trip; otherwise, if it expires during your trip, so does your IDP.

The IDP is valid in 150 countries. It is also supposed to be a useful document to show to foreign authorities as a recognizable form of identification. Another note of caution: Verify the activated date on the front of the permit, as well as all other personal data, are correct before leaving.

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