An Indian driver’s licence would not be tenable in a foreign country. Instead, you would require an International Driver’s licence (IDL). In the absence of an international driver’s licence, you would be unable to rent a car or drive, since you do not possess the licence of that country.
Nowadays, applying for an international driver’s licence is fairly simple. The United Nations has authorized an international driver’s licence to give tourists the freedom to drive. This licence is globally recognized and identifies drivers as legally-licenced motorists in the country they are traveling.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has fairly simplified the process of application of the international driver’s licence. To apply for an international driving licence, you can either visit an RTO, Western India Automobile Association, or International Traffic Control Association (ITCA) website. Since WIAA offices issue the international driver’s licence to WIAA members only, you might want to get your IDL from your Regional Transport Office.
The processing fees to procure an IDL is ₹1000.
'Form for the Issue of International Driving Permit', or Form 4, duly filled and signed can be picked up from any RTO and has to be submitted before applying for your IDL. Along with the form, you will have to provide your demographic details like name, address, the country you are traveling to and so on. Ensure that the details you provide here are correct since it will be reflected in your IDL.
The CMV 1 and CMV1-A forms pertain to your medical fitness. They are to be submitted along with Form 4. CMV1 is to be duly filled by you whereas CMV1A is required to be filled by your doctor after a primary checkup.
All these forms are easily available on the internet. Other than the official websites, you can get these forms on most transport websites too. You just need to download and fill them in.
The eligibility criteria and documents to apply for an international driving licence is uniform all across the signatory countries of the UN. The payment has to be made during the submission of documents and IDL application form.
The documents required during application of IDL are
Copy of present valid driver’s licence
Copy of flight tickets
Copy of visa
Copy of passport
5 passport size photographs
Proof of Indian citizenship
Valid address proof
The applicants should fulfill the following eligibility criteria to procure an international driver’s licence:
Must possess a valid DL
Must be above 18 years of age
Must submit all the required documents stated above
If you wish to apply for an international driver’s permit but you are not sure whether it will be accepted at your destination, here’s a list of countries that accept international driver’s permit:
Antigua (Leeward Is.)
Botswana (Former Bechuanaland)
Cape Verde Islands
Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)
Djibouti (See France Territory of the Afars and Issas)
Dominican Republic (for 6 Months) Jersey
France & French Monaco
Guinea – Bissau
Jamaica (For PrivateVehicles)
Nicaragua(for 30 days)
Papua and New Guinea
Philippines (for 90 days)
Poland United States of America
Portugal (Incl.Madeira and the Azores)
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal (for Private Vehicles)
South West Africa (Namibia)
Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Surinam (Former Dutch Guiana)
The central African Republic
Trinidad and Tobago– For Pvt.Vehicle
United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) (For Private Vehicles)
Yemen (Arab Republic)
Zaire (Former Congo) (Kinshasa)
It is a certified proof of your driving abilities in a foreign country
Can act as an identity proof
Once you get an international driver’s permit, you are not required to take any driving tests while visiting other countries
You can rent cars in any countries if you visit as a tourist
It is an important document for the insurance companies to cover claims on vehicles driven abroad
According to the present Indian laws, once issued, the international driver’s license cannot be renewed. After applying for an international driving license, it is valid till a period of one year from its date of issue or till the driving license expires, whichever is earlier.
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