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International Driving Permits

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International Drivers Permits (IDPs) are a special licence for tourists, authorised by a United Nations Treaty for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive internationally without further tests or applications. 

An IDP is proof that you hold a valid drivers licence in your home country and is a requirement for renting a motor vehicle in many countries.
Whilst an International Permit verifies that the person holds a current permit to drive in Australia, it is the member’s responsibility to familiarise themselves with the road rules of the country they are intending to drive in.

It is also helpful for tourists who find themselves in need of identification or assistance as your IDP carries your identification details in nine languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Greek, German and Japanese), in case you need to communicate with foreign authorities.

In SA the only organisation authorised to issue an IDP is RAA.

To obtain an IDP, all you need to do is take a copy of your current Australian drivers licence into any RAA Shop along with a passport size photo and fill out an application form.


·  Is only valid for 12 months

·  Is not a stand-alone document

·  Is a translation of your driver's licence and

·  Must be accompanied by a valid National Driving Licence at all times

Cost - $39.00

Download Application Form

Not sure if you need an IDP? Check out the  AAA Handbook for Motorists