What are International Driving Permits (IDP)?
There's been lots of talk about driving in Europe after Brexit, if the UK leaves without a deal on March 29th 2019 it appears drivers will now likely require a International Driving Permit to drive in Europe.
We know what you are thinking - "What is an IDP?" and "How do I get one?" to help we've looked into and summarised the key points below.
What is an IDP?
An International Driving Permit is a permit that allows you to drive in countries where a UK licence alone is not sufficient. These countries include the USA, Brazil and Japan, among others.
How to obtain an International driving permit (IDP)
You can obtain a IDP from your local Post Office and apply over the counter.
Check which IDP you need
There are 3 types of IDP, to check which IDP you need use the royal mails simple IDP checker tool here:
But in summary you'll need a:
1949 permit to drive in Spain, Iceland, Malta and Cyprus
1968 permit to drive in all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland
1926 permit to drive in Liechtenstein
What you’ll need to apply
A full valid UK driving licence – photo card or an older paper license
A passport size photo (one for each IDP - remember travelling to places like Spain & France require 2 separate IDP’s)
The £5.50 application fee
If presenting an older paper licence your original valid passport as proof of identification is required