While on a trip outside India, one would like to self-drive and enjoy the road trip. But an Indian license is valid only within India. To drive outside India, one will need an International Driving License or permit. The international driving license or permit is a document that recognizes motorists as legally licensed drivers in the country they have travelled to. Hence this is a very valuable document authorising motorists to drive in a foreign country.
The International Driving license or permit is a document giving motorists legal right to drive in a country other than theirs. The International Driving Permit is also a document containing the translation of common driving terms in many languages assisting the driver to communicate with authorities. It is also used as an ID proof since it has a photograph of the driver.
An International Driving License is authorized by the United Nations, giving tourists the freedom to drive in a foreign land.
2. Who can apply?
Indian motorists holding Indian driving license intending to drive in a foreign country can apply for this. The validity of an international driving permit is one year from the date of issue.
3. Who cannot apply?
If the applicant does not hold a passport and a driver’s license he cannot apply for an international driving license permit.
3. Procedure for application
The international driving can be issued by RTO Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) . International Control Traffic Association (ITCA)
The procedure for applying at RTO is to fill the form 4A, Form 1A and submit all the documents. For online application, the applicant must go to the state transport website, download both the forms, take printouts and submit at RTO. The fees for the license is fixed at Rs. 1000 and Rs. 200 is to be paid for processing fee.
To secure the license through WIAA, one needs to be a member. WIAA is an association for residents of Mumbai, Pune or Ahmedabad. The fees is Rs. 1500, and the license can be obtained within 2 days. One can apply for IDL via Western India Automobile Association only if one is travelling to countries that are parties to the 1949 Geneva Convention.
Another way of getting an international driving license is through visiting the website of the International Control Traffic Association.
The following documents are required for applying for IDL through ITCA
- Scanned copy of national driving license and passport
- Passport-sized photograph
- Payment if processing fee of 34 USD
- To initiate the process, click on the apply button and send your documents at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Documents required for application
The following documents are to be submitted to RTO to get International Driving Licence.
- Valid driving Licence & its copies.
- Recent passport size photographs – 3 Nos.
- Valid proof such as Passport & its copies
- Proof of Visa and its copies
- Copy of Air ticket for verification
- Receipt for payment of fees
- An application for IDL in Form – 4A
- Medical certificate in Form 1A
6. Advantages of international driving license
International Driving Licence has many advantages, as stated here:
- An international driving licence serves as a proof of identity in many countries
- International Driving Licence is proof that a person has a valid driver’s licence in the country of origin. It also certifies that he/she can drive in a foreign country.
- Multiple languages printed in International Driving Licence make it very useful for other country authorities to verify the holders’ information.
- International Driving Licence can help Indians rent a car and drive in a foreign country.
7. Other points
- International Driving Licence is printed in various languages including English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Scandinavian languages and others.
8. Countries where the permit is valid
The following countries accept International Driving Licence or International Driving Permit.
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo (Democratic Republic of)
- Congo (Republic of)
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Guinea Bissau
- Guinea Republic
- Hong Kong
- Korea (South)
- Macao (Macau)
- Myanmar (Burma)
- New Caledonia
- Papua New Guinea
- Russian Federation
- Sabah (Malaysia)
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Spain (including Balearic and Canary Isles)
- Sri Lanka
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Arab Emirates