International Driving Permit
Canada is a signatory to the 1949 UN Convention on Road Traffic.
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is authorized to issue the International Driving Permit (IDP) relating to this convention by the Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments.
What is an International Driving Permit?
What is an International Driving Permit? The 1949 (IDP) is a special license for tourists, authorized by a UN treaty among nations of the world, for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications. It is proof that the holder possesses a valid driver's license issued by a competent authority in their country of residence.
Where is the CAA IDP valid?
In all the countries that signed the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic. In addition, many other countries which are not signatories to the Convention recognize the IDP and accept it in their territories.
IDP's issued by CAA are valid outside North America with the exception of IPDs that are used for translation purposes or required by law.
What are the additional advantages of using the IDP?
It provides the holder with an extra photo ID. Provides translation of your valid Canadian Drivers license since the IDP is printed in 10 languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, German, Arabic, Italian, Swedish, and Portuguese.) Most Car Rental agencies will request an IDP even though one is not required to drive in their country.
How do I obtain one?
You can obtain an application by either contacting your local CAA Travel Center to pick-up or have an application mailed to you, or by printing the application.
Requirements for issue, along with the following attachments, are:
- The applicant must be 18 years of age or older
- Valid Canadian Class 5 or 7 (a full - not on the graduated licensing program) provincial driver’s license (regardless of nationality)(photocopy - both sides)
- 2 passport photographs date stamped by the location that processed them (computer generated photos are not acceptable)
- Fee payment of $25.00
- Complete and sign the CAA IDP application form (no other form is acceptable)
Mailed in applications must include the fee payment in the form of a Bank draft, money order or cheque in Canadian funds drawn on a Canadian bank payable to the Canadian Automobile Association. If you wish to pay by Visa or MasterCard your card number and expiry date must be provided. One to three weeks should be allowed for the IDP to reach you.
An IDP cannot be post dated, extended or renewed. It is valid for one year from date of issue. Each time a new IDP is required, the applicant must complete a new application form, produce a valid Canadian driver license, provide 2 new photographs and the fee.
If you have any questions, please call (800) 561-8807.
It is a recommendation from CAA that an IDP be purchased when driving in a foreign country. Please be advised that some countries and car rental companies may require you to purchase a local drivers license. Canadian citizens should verify with their car rental company of the local requirements. The IDP is only valid with a Canadian Drivers License and is not valid on its own. Certain countries may not accept IDP’s.
Please print, complete and either take the application, along with 2 signed, full face passport photographs, fee of $25.00 Cdn. and a copy of your Canadian driver's license (photocopy - both sides) to the CAA office nearest you for across the counter processing, OR mail the application, etc., to:
c/o International Documentation Services
378 Westmorland Rd.
Saint John, NB