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    International Driving Permits to Drive in the UK

    UK International Drivers LicenseInternational driving permits (IDP) are not required for American licensed drivers to drive a rental car in the UK. An IDP is a translation of your drivers license and is required to be carried along with your domestic license while driving in most destinations in Europe. It can come in handy when you're renting a car in the UK, stopped by law enforcement, and in many other situations as it's an international document which can help you sidestep confusion about a driver's license local officials may be seeing for the first time. This license is available to visitors to a foreign country who are a minimum of 18 years old with a valid drivers license. Whether you are headed to Wales, Scotland, England or elsewhere in the United Kingdom, all travelers can benefit from carrying this license.

    About Obtaining an International Driving Permit in the UK

    An international drivers permit UK is available from the American Automobile Association ( or the American Automobile Touring Alliance ( Although it is possible to find the IDP offered through other agencies, these two are the only recommended sources for obtaining the license. There are far too many scams out there to trust your international drivers license needs to anyone else. Scams could result in your personal information being compromised or paying for a license that isn't valid. Oftentimes scams charge you 10x more than what the actual cost of the license really is.

    You must pay to obtain your international drivers license in the UK - fortunately the fee is minimal at just $20. The license is good for a period of one year after it has been issued. There are also a few pieces of documentation that you will need to provide in order to obtain the license. This includes:

    • Two passport photos
    • Copy of your drivers license
    • Completed application

    You should use a search engine to find the AAA or AATA office nearest you. If you prefer, an application can be obtained online, printed from their website and mailed. There are many instances where mailing the application is best, including when you do not live near a local office. Remember to include the fee with your application, as well as a copy of the drivers license and your passport photos if mailing your application. Never send cash to pay for your fee.

    The processing time for a mailed application is approximately 10 to 15 days. You must also allow time for the license to be mailed to your home. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week or more. Fill out your application in plenty of time before you will be departing to ensure that you have your license. There will also be a waiting period if you complete your application in person, but this is much less time.

    Assistance with your IDP in the United Kingdom

    International Drivers License UKIf you need assistance getting your international drivers permit for the UK, give us a call. Auto Europe is one of the most reliable sources of information for the international licenses. Our 60 years of experience ensures that you get honest, accurate information from caring professionals with your best interests in mind. We can help answer questions or provide information any time, since agents promptly answer the phones 24 hours per day. Give us a call at 1-888-223-5555 when you need information. We'll be honored to help you.