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International Driving Permit
Driving abroad? Get your IDP from RAC
If you're planning to drive a car abroad you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for certain countries. This international driving permit is in addition to your UK driving licence - which you also need to take with you if you're driving and/or hiring a car abroad.
To be eligible for an IDP you must:
Have a full UK driving licence (not provisional) covering the type of vehicle you're planning to drive abroad - be a permanent resident of the UK
Be 18 or over
You can't get an IDP with a foreign driving licence unless it's an EU driving licence and you're resident in Great Britain.
What you need to know about getting an IDP:
An IDP is valid for 1 year;
You can only get an IDP 3 months in advance of needing it;
You can't get an IDP issued retrospectively;
There are 2 types of IDP (1949 and 1926) depending on which countries you visit (see list of countries) - RAC can issue both.
Need help printing the application form?
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