• Countries that permit you to drive using your Indian Four Wheeler driving license

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    If you’re going to be staying in the country for a while, then with an International Driving Permit and your Indian driving license, you will be allowed to drive in select countries for sometime. In fact, prior to your trip abroad, you can procure an international driving permit from the Regional Transport Office (RTO) that issued your driving license. From the United States of America to Australia, France, Switzerland and many more, based on a few conditions, you can use your Indian driving license to get around for a limited period. We’ve listed out countries that permit you to drive using your Indian driving license.

    List of countries you can drive in using your Four Wheeler Indian driving license

    Indian citizens that have a valid Four wheeler driving license can drive in the below-listed countries:

    • Australia

    Provided that the individual has got an International Driving Permit, he/she can use his/her Indian driving license to drive a car in Australia for a period of 3 months from the date of landing in the country.

    • United States of America

    Provided the details of one’s Indian driving license is in English, the individual who wishes can do so with his/her driving license for 12 months from the date of entering the country. Along with the Indian driving license, the individual will have to carry a copy of Form I-94 which mentions the date the individual entered United States of America.

    • France

    For citizens of India visiting France or for employment purposes, they can use their Indian driving license along with an International Driving Permit to drive in the country. For countries within Europe, Indians can use their Indian driving license to drive for 6 months from the date of entering the country.

    • New Zealand

    Using their Indian driving license, Indians can drive for a period of 1 year in New Zealand. Of course, they will be allowed to drive the vehicle class as specified on the Indian driving license.

    • Germany

    For Indian citizens who wish to drive in Germany, they can do so using their Indian driving license along with an International Driving Permit (IDP) for a period of 6 months from the date of arriving in the country. In addition, the Indian driving license of the individual will have to be translated to German.

    • Switzerland

    Using their Indian driving license and the International Driving Permit, Indian citizens can drive in Switzerland for a period of 1 year from the day of landing in the country.

    • South Africa

    Using a valid Indian driving license, Indians citizens visiting the country can drive in South Africa using the International Driving Permit as well.

    • United Kingdom

    Those with an Indian driving license are allowed to drive in the United Kingdom for a period of 1 year provided that they have procured the International Driving Permit as well.

    Apart from the above-mentioned countries, Indian citizens having a valid four wheeler driving license can drive in countries such as Mauritius, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Iceland, Singapore, Sweden, Canada, Malta, Malaysia, Finland, and Ireland. For these countries, the Indian Citizens will need an International Driving Permit (IDP), which can be procured at the RTO that issued the driving license of the individual.

    Steps to get an International four wheeler driving license permit

    In order to drive a car in the above-mentioned countries using one’s Indian driving license, Indian citizens have to first get an International driving license permit. The permit can be availed at the RTO that issued the Indian driving license of the individual. Those who wish to get the international driving license permit will have to follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Visit the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways - parivahan.gov.in.
    • On the main page, click on ‘online services’.
    • Next, click on ‘driving related services’.
    • Now, choose the state the RTO which issued your driving license is located in.
    • Now, click on ‘apply online’.
    • Click on ‘services on driving license’ from the drop-down menu.
    • Click on ‘continue’.
    • Fill in all the details required on the application form.
    • Enter your Aadhaar number, blood group, mobile number, etc.
    • Click on ‘proceed’ once the details have been entered.
    • You will now have to pay the fees for the International driving license permit. The fees is usually Rs.1,000.
    • Once you have made the payment, print the filled form, attest it, and download and fill Form 1A as well - to prove medical fitness.
    • Take all the forms, documents, and receipt of the fees and submit it at the RTO that issued your Indian driving license.
    • Submit copies of your passport, visa, and original Indian driving license.

    Once all that is required is submitted to the Regional Transport Office, the International Driving License Permit will be issued by the end of the day.

    Indian driving license holders need to know that the International Driving License Permit is not permanent and is valid for a period based on which country the Indian driving license holder is visiting. Usually, it is from 3 months to a year from the date the individual arrives in the foreign country.

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