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    Do I Need an IDP in Germany?

    International Driving Permits in GermanyLicensed Americans looking to rent a car in Germany should be aware they need an IDP to pick-up and drive their rental in Germany. IDPs are also required if you are looking to drive outside of the country in neighboring Austria. This special permit translates the information off of your current license into several languages, preventing barriers when all you want to do is enjoy your time abroad.  International driving permits in Germany will come in handy and most travelers opt to apply for an IDL before departing for their trip.

    German roadways are often without speed limits and lined with fast cars. There's a good chance you could be stopped by Polizei when sharing the streets with the locals. Having this license on hand reduces incidents and time in such a situation. Your license can also make car rental much easier.

    How to Get an International Driving Permit Germany

    It is fairly easy to get a international drivers permit Germany. You must be a licensed driver at least 18 years of age to get the license. It is also required that you have had this license for a period of six months or more.

    There is also a fee that must be paid to get the license. This fee is $20, and must be paid when you submit your application. There are two agencies authorized to provide international licenses to drivers. These agencies are the AAA ( and the AATA ( You should find your local office and apply in person for this permit. If there is no office near you, an online IDP application can be printed and mailed. If you choose to mail in your application, remember that there is a 10 to 15 day processing period for the application. You must also allow proper time for the license to be mailed to you as well - we recommend applying for your international driver's license a month before you plan to leave for Germany.

    You will need to provide a copy of your driver's license when applying for the license. If you are mailing your application in, a copy of both the front and the back of the license should be included. You also must present two passport photos to get the international driver's license in Germany.  This is all that you need to obtain an international license for driving in Germany.

    Watch out for International Driving Permit Scams in Germany

    The two listed agencies above should be the only agencies that you contact to get an international license. There are many scams out there that could compromise your personal information or they could simply be a waste of time and money. There are several different types of scams that you could encounter. One involves an overly priced license where the third party simply submits the $20 application on your behalf but charges you much more than your IDP actually costs. Another involves promises to grant unlicensed drivers an international driving permit. To avoid these situations, trust your needs only to the AAA or AATA.

    Get an International Drivers Permit to Drive in GermanyIf you have more questions concerning an International Driver's License in Germany, give us a call 24/7. Our knowledgeable representatives are standing by to answer all of your questions and provide you with further information concerning the license, tips for driving in Germany and much more. You can dial Auto Europe toll-free 1-888-223-5555 to speak with an agent. Do not travel without your international license, and certainly do not get taken for a ride by an unscrupulous agency. We are here to ensure that your trip to Germany is safe, simple and memorable.

    Book a Rental Car in Germany in These Popular Cities

    Auto Europe works with car rental suppliers in every major city in Germany to offer our clients the most convenient pick-up and drop-off locations across the country. Compare rates in multiple cities to find the ideal rate for your rental car in Germany.

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