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Why Get an International / Inter-American Driving Permit? An International Driving Permit (IDP) or an Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP) allows the holder to drive a vehicle in any country or jurisdiction which recognizes the document and is held in conjunction with your U.S. driver's license. An IDP is an official translation of your US license. Planning on renting a car?  IDPs are a requirement for renting a motor vehicle at many car rental locations. If stopped by the police, this recognizable form of identification can help you get on your way more quickly and can be helpful if you find yourself in need of identification or assistance. Valid in over 150 countries, the permit contains your name, photo, and driver information translated into ten languages.

Applicant Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Hold a valid US driver's license
  • Service is available to AAA Members and Non-members

What You Will Need

Application Cost

  • AAA Members/Non-Members: $20.00
  • Permits are valid for one full year. Permit renewals are permitted, new application required.

Processing Your Application: AAA Hoosier will process your application while you wait during normal business hours -- no appointment necessary. Simply print out the application, fill in the information requested and bring it with you to the AAA branch nearest you. AAA is one of only two private entities in the U.S. authorized by the U.S. Department of State to officially issue an IDP. Visit one of our 13 AAA Indiana branch locations.  


If you prefer to secure your International Driving Permit through the mail, enclose your completed application form, two ORIGINAL passport-type photos each signed on the back, a $20 permit fee, and a photocopy of both sides of your driver's license, then mail them to the AAA office nearest you. Include additional U.S. funds for expedited return mail service, if desired. Visit USPS.com or DHL.com for rates.

NOTE: If you are currently overseas you can mail your completed application to the following address:

AAA/IDP
1000 AAA Dr.
Heathrow, FL 32746
Attn: Mailstop #28

*Funds must be in U.S. dollars. Acceptable forms of payment are U.S. personal check payable to AAA and these major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express.

How Do I Use My International Driving Permit? Your IDP must be used within six (6) months of the desired effective date. An IDP allows you to drive legally in 174 countries. It will not be recognized without your valid US driver's license. An IDP is not proof of driving knowledge or skill, which is why you must also have your driver's license with you. Your IDP does not entitle you to any additional benefits, discounts, privileges, or rights. 

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