Getting an international driver’s licence

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A guide to getting an international driver's license

Last updated 11 April 2024
Written by Tiana Lee-Collins
Reviewed by Adrian Taylor

What is an international driver’s licence?

Otherwise known as an international driver’s permit (IDP), this licence is sanctioned by the United Nations. This handy card will allow you to legally rent vehicles and drive overseas without taking extra tests on your holiday. It’s also a recognised form of photo ID in over 150 countries.

You can use an international driving licence in more than 150 countries, and it’s usually printed in nine different languages for local authorities (English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Greek, Arabic, French, Russian and Chinese). Many insurance companies won’t cover you for any vehicle-related claims if you drive without the proper licence, so make sure you do your research.

Understanding the basics of getting an IDP

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What if my Australian licence has been suspended?

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