A valid International Driving Permit replaces the U.S. driver’s license for driving in countries that are part of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic (UN-CTR)*. The validity period of an International Driving Permit is based on the duration of stay in a country or countries that are party to UN-CTR. To get your International Driver’s License, you must apply at a local AAA office and pay a fee between $15-$50, depending on your state’s requirements.
Will AAA renew my International Driver’s License?
Yes. AAA will replace your International Driver’s License for a fee of between $15-$50. While you can request to have your International Driver’s License replaced at any time, even if it is not expired, it is highly recommended that you make the request prior to its expiration date so that you do not find yourself without proper documentation while driving in a foreign territory.
What do I need to renew my International Driver’s License?
In order to renew your International Driving license, you must apply at a local AAA office and pay a fee between $15-$50, depending on your state’s requirements. You must be able to provide proof of identity such as an original U.S.-issued photo I.D. (e.g., driver’s license, passport, military I.D., etc.) as well as your International Driver’s License in order to renew it.
What are the proper procedures for renewing a lost or stolen International Driver’s License?
The first step when dealing with a missing or stolen International Driving License regardless of the reason for the loss is to report it to the DMV in your state. It is important that this be done before traveling abroad without an International Driver’s License. In some cases, an individual may be able to use other forms of photo identification such as a passport or military I.D. to prove their identity when renewing an International Driver’s License.
Can I use my own Passport to get an International Driver’s License?
Some countries may require that you provide a passport in order to obtain an International Driving License. It is important that you check with the DMV in your state before traveling abroad without valid photo identification. United States passport holders are also subject to certain restrictions on working as a licensed driver in some countries as well as other special needs related to holding an international drivers license online.
How long is an International Driving Permit good for?
The validity period of an International Driver’s License is based on the duration of stay in a country or countries that are party to the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic (UN-CTR). The license is valid for one year from the date it was issued and can be used for up to a maximum of 3 years.
Am I allowed to drive in Mexico with my US Driver’s License?
Generally speaking, yes. However, there are some restrictions in place. For more information, you should visit the Mexican Consulate or Embassy website. For more information on driving requirements in Mexico, you may click here.
Is there insurance available for International Drivers?
Yes. There are a few different options depending on where you plan to drive. You should check with the country’s automobile club or insurer first to find out what coverage is available before traveling. In addition, AAA provides travel insurance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our Benefits and Member Services Department. Should you find that your trip is subject to cancellation or interruption, you are covered under our travel insurance plan.
What is the cost to repair or replace an International Driving Permit?
The International Driving Permit is a non-transferable document, which means that it can only be used by one person. In some cases, such as when renewing your International Driver’s License there may be a fee to process the application and issue a replacement license. As a general rule, the cost of repairing or replacing an invalid International Driver’s License could be between $60-$100. In addition, the costs associated with replacing an expired U.S. driver’s license.
International Driver’s License is a very useful document, which comfortably allows you to drive while you are in a different country. We recommend not going without this document. It will protect your life and automobile against the drivers of others while driving abroad and traveling. The International Driving Permit (IDP) comes in all shapes and sizes. I have seen them in the traditional plastic and cardboard format, to a digital typed bit of paper. The IDP is one of those rare things that still remains simple. The basic idea is that some countries will allow you to drive there if you have a proper license issued by your home country. The IDP allows the holder to drive in such countries without any problems.