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    International Driving Permit FAQ

    IDP Requirements Updated for Winter 2021 Travel

    You've got questions, we've got answers. As car rental specialists with over 60 years of experience assisting drivers around the world we know all there is to know about how to safely and legally drive in a foreign country. Click on any of the links below to learn the answer to some of the most commonly asked questions about obtaining an international driving permit:

    Countries that Require Americans to Obtain an IDP to Drive Overseas

    International Driving Permits are Required* in the following countries for US Licensed Drivers: Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Spain.

    *IDP enforcement may vary based upon car rental supplier as well as renting country.


    Click any of the frequently asked questions below to learn more.

    What is an International Driving Permit?

    An International Driving Permit (IDP), is an additional travel document required in some countries as a supplement to your domestic driver's license. Carrying an IDP when driving in any foreign country is highly recommended. Learn More About IDPs

    How Do I Get an International Driving Permit?

    Acquiring an International Driving Permit is a fairly simple process, but a little guidance never hurt. With some useful tips from Auto Europe, you can prepare for your vacation abroad and learn how and where to pick up your IDP today. IDP Guidance

    Where Do I Get an International Driving Permit?

    Americans traveling abroad can order an International Driving Permit online or in person through their local AAA branch or through the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA). Both of these agencies process tens of thousands of IDP applications on a weekly basis. Where to get an IDP

    Can I Get My IDP Online?

    If you are trying to avoid have to go out to your local AAA, or AATA office, don't worry - your IDP can be purchased online. After a simple application process, and a small fee of around $20, your IDP will be sent to you in the mail. Purchase IDP Online

    Where Can I Apply for my IDP?

    Two reputable agencies supply International Driving Permit applications - the American Automobile Association (AAA), and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA) - and Auto Europe can point you in the right direction. Apply for an IDP

    What is the IDP Application?

    Obtaining an International Driving Permit requires that you complete a short application. The application covers basic identity questions - name, address, D.O.B, and domestic driver's license number along with additional personal information. Learn More about IDP Applications

    Where You're Going Matters:
    Useful Info About IDP Requirements in Popular Countries


    Learn the rules each of these popular destinations has regarding foreign drivers. Some countries do require an international driving permit - others do not ... be sure that you're informed.

    France      
    International Drivers License France 
     

     Germany        International Drivers License Germany

    Ireland     
    International Drivers License Ireland

    Italy      
    International Drivers License Italy 
     

     Portugal        International Drivers License Portugal

    Spain    
    International Drivers License Spain

    Switzerland      International Drivers License Switzerland

     United Kingdom        
    International Drivers License United Kingdom
    United States      
    International Drivers License United States