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Driving abroad with confidence: discover the benefits of an IDP when travelling

Are you planning on hitting the road on your next overseas adventure? If so, you might want to consider getting an international driving permit (IDP) before you go. It can save you a lot of headaches and make your driving experience abroad a lot smoother.

So, what exactly is an IDP? Think of it as your Aussie driver's licence's sidekick. It's a document that translates your licence into multiple languages, making it easier for you to drive legally in other countries. It's not a standalone document, mind you. You still need to carry your Aussie driver's licence with you at all times.

One of the primary benefits of obtaining an IDP is that it can help you avoid potential legal issues while driving overseas. Many countries require an IDP to legally operate a vehicle, and failing to obtain one can result in fines or even legal trouble. Additionally, an IDP can help you navigate language barriers, as it includes translations of your personal information and driving credentials.

Before buying, make sure you do your research. The Australian Automobile Association's website, has a directory that can provide guidance for countries requiring a permit.

Some countries have additional requirements beyond an IDP, like minimum age limits or additional documentation. So, be sure to check out the specific requirements for the countries you plan on visiting.

Take on international roads with confidence. Obtaining an international driving permit before travelling overseas from Australia can provide a number of benefits and help ensure a smooth and legal driving experience. It's a simple and affordable process and can provide added peace of mind while exploring foreign roads and cultures.

Applying for an IDP has never been easier, you can apply online now. Simply complete the online form and your IDP will be processed in 3-8 business days and mailed to you.

Travelling soon? Our branches can issue IDPs on the spot. You’ll need to bring your passport photo and drivers licence with you.

If you’ve got plenty of time, you can also apply via the post by mailing us this printable IDP application form.

*The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is the only authorised distributor of IDPs for Australian driver licence holders. RACT will process your IDP on behalf of the AAA as their sales agent.