International Driving Permit

International driving license (IDL) is also known as International driving permit, is any valid required by law identity document that allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle in any country or jurisdiction that recognizes IDL. It must be accompanied by a valid driving license issued in the holder’s country of citizenship. An international permit if issued by anybody who does not have the authority to do so is considered invalid. It may also be considered invalid if the format largely differs from that of Vienna conventions.

An International driving license is issued in India to an applicant who holds a valid Indian Driver’s License and is a resident of India. The application shall be made in From IDP or in writing to the RTO within whose jurisdiction the application resides, specifying the countries to be visited and the duration of stay etc. The requirements of the application are:

  • Valid driving license held by the applicant and copies thereon.
  • Copies of the passport, Visa (where applicable) and air ticket for verification.
  • Fees as prescribed along with user charges.

Legal risks

If you are pulled over and caught committing an infraction on an international driving permit the local laws apply. For instance the Czech Republic would fine you whereas, the penalties are more severe in Japan: You could be arrested and even deported if you don’t have necessary paperwork.

IDPs are either recommended or required by more than 150 countries and more fun to your vacation while making you independent to the itinerary. You can start the process with Drivekool.

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