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General Motoring Help

Driving Abroad


What is an International Driving Permit and do I need one?

UK motorists wishing to drive in certain countries in Europe and beyond require an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to a full UK Driving Licence.

An International Driving Permit is internationally recognised and normally allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle without additional formality.

To find out more information about IDP, whether you need it and how to apply for one, please visit our International Driving Permit page.


What is an International Camping Card and how can I apply for one?

A Camping Card International (CCI) is a useful document to carry if you are camping or caravanning abroad and is essential in Denmark. It is regarded as a camper's identity document and may be deposited with the campsite manager in lieu of official documents (i.e. passport).

To learn more about it and how to apply for one, please visit our Camping Card International page.

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How can I get an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

You can get an International Driving Permit by filling out IDP form and posting it to:

RAC Motoring Services, Travel Administration, PO Box 1500, Great Park Road, Bristol BS99 2LH

More information is available on our International Driving Permit page.

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What is Carnet de Passage and how do I apply for one?

A Carnet de Passage en Douane is issued by motoring organisations worldwide allowing temporary importation of a vehicle into certain countries without payment of customs duties and taxes. RAC is the only issuer of this document in the UK.

To learn more information about it, find out whether you need it and apply for one, please visit our Carnet de Passage page.

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What information about driving abroad do I need to know?

RAC website provides wealth of information about driving abroad - please visit our Driving Abroad pages.

You might also need an International Driving Permit, European Health Insurance Card, a Vehicle On Hire Certificate (if you are hiring a car) and a Camping Card International.

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What do I need for driving in the EU?

RAC website provides a comprehensive list of driving requirements by country as well as advice - please see our Driving Abroad pages.  Here, you can find information about International Driving Permit, Camping Card International, Carnet de Passage and other documents you might need.

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What is Vehicle on Hire Certificate and how do I apply for one?

UK motorists travelling abroad in a UK registered vehicle must carry its original Vehicle Registration Document (VRD/V5). If your vehicle is hired or leased the hire/lease company will not usually release the original VRD/V5. The Vehicle on Hire Certificate is legally recognised and can be carried by the driver in lieu of the original VRD/V5.

For more information about the Certificate as well as application form, please visit our Vehicle on Hire Certificate page.

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What are the requirements for driving in Germany?

The latest requirements and advice for driving in Germany can be viewed here.

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What are the requirements for driving in Spain?

The latest requirements and advice for driving in Spain can be viewed here.

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What are the requirements for driving in France?

The latest requirements and advice for driving in France can be viewed here.

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