An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a special driver’s license that allows licensed motorists to drive in other countries without further tests or applications. It is proof that the holder has a valid driver’s license in his or her country of residence. An IDP also acts as additional photo ID. The only way to get one in Canada is through the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
The IDP is valid in ninety-six countries, as per the 1946 UN Convention on Road Traffic, and recognized in many others. You may need an IDP to drive and rent cars in some countries. IDPs are valid for one year.
How To Get An IDP
The process is quick and easy (at least, compared to getting a normal driver’s license). You print and fill out this form, bring it into your local CAA with a photocopy of your driver’s license, two passport type photos, and the $25 fee. They process it on the spot and, viola, you’re certified to drive abroad.
For more information on getting and IDP, visit caa.ca/idp/.
For information on getting an American issued IDP, visit aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html.