European Travel and the Coronavirus
International Driving Permit
No, it isn't an "international driver's license"--it certifies the validity of your license from your home country.
The has been around for decades, but now there's a new wrinkle: For the first time, at least one European country (Italy) requires drivers from outside the EU to have the IDP.
Even in countries where it isn't required, the International Driving Permit is worth having just to make sure that your driver's license is accepted by local car-rental agencies and traffic police.
What the IDP is--and isn't.
Where to buy the IDP:
The International Driving Permit is available from government-authorized organizations (such as national automobile associations) in 150 countries.
To obtain it, you'll need to complete an application and submit it with a photocopy of your driver's license, two passport-size photos, and a small fee.
For a list of authorized vendors in more than 20 countries, see the Where to get International Driving Permits page at Drivers.com.
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Last updated April, 2018
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