The Key to Behind the Wheel in Foreign Countries

In order to prove that you are legally allowed to drive a motor vehicle in the country you are visiting, you will need to get an International Driving Permit, often known as an IDP. Worldwide, this paper has been accepted as authoritative. If you’re planning to rent a car while visiting a country that recognises the International Driving Permit (IDP), you may find it easier to do so if you already have one.

You may find translations of common driving terms used in other languages on your International Driving Permit (IDP). It is possible that drivers may find this material useful when interacting with authorities or car rental agencies. The photograph of the driver is included inside the pages of the IDP, making it not only a useful means of identification but also a form of identity in its own right.

Who Can Submit an Application?

Anyone in possession of a valid driver’s licence in India who wishes to drive in another country must get an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP expires exactly one year from the day it was granted.

A valid Indian passport and a driver’s licence issued by the issuing government where the applicant resides are required for consideration of the application. You can apply at the International Drivers Association for the IDP.

We’ve learned that there are fake IDPs being sold by a few vendors out there.

We’d like to use this opportunity to let everyone know that, with the exception of RTOs, the WIAA is the only entity authorised by the FIA and the State Government to issue the 1949 Convention International Driving Permit.

Issuing, dealing with, or possessing a fake or expired IDP is illegal. It’s not enough to just hold one, either. Internet users are strongly advised against attempting to apply for counterfeit IDPs, which may be acquired on the dark web but can not be trusted. Those who peddle such forgeries are not only breaking the law, but also putting the applicant’s identity at risk.

Methods for Putting It to Work

Currently, only WIAA members may get IDP from the WIAA offices.

To become a member of the WIAA, please click here (Apply online for membership or visit WIAA office)

The Qualifications Required Are

Visit the WIAA office in Mumbai, Pune, or Ahmedabad with your filled-out IDP form in hand.

Simply download the 1949 CONVENTION INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT application and check the list of countries that recognise it. If you are not travelling to one of these countries, then you cannot apply.

Assuming everything checks up, you should have your IDP in hand by the time you were given when you first filed your application. (Generally speaking, processing of the papers and issue of the IDP will occur within a day or two after receipt.)

Note of Urgency

After two business days have passed after the application was submitted to the WIAA, it will be processed. Therefore, it is imperative that you submit your papers in a timely manner, well in advance of your intended trip dates.