A driving licence is basically a document, provided by the transport authority, that permits you to drive a car. It is illegal to drive a car without a four-wheeler driving licence. If you are found driving without a valid driving licence, you will be fined heavily by the traffic police. It is important to note that the driving licence issued, generally, has certain boundary limits. The local driving licence gives you the freedom to drive your car only within the country. If you would like to drive elsewhere i.e. to a different country or within a different country, you will have to get an international four wheeler driving licence or international driving permit.
If you are planning a trip abroad, and wish to drive around in the destination country, you should apply for the international driving permit. This will ensure you do not have any issue with the transport authorities of the country you visit and will also provide ease in claiming for car insurance if need be.
To apply for an international driving permit, you are required to submit the following documents to your Zonal Regional Transport Office:
Documents required to get international driving licence
The fee for the international driving licence is fixed by the local RTO and hence may differ from state to state. In most states, however, the international driving permit fee is Rs.1,000 and the processing fee is Rs.200.
International driving licence validity
The international driving permit issued to you is valid for a period of one year or until the expiry of your India driving licence, whichever is earlier. The permit is valid in more than 150 countries across the globe. A few of the countries where you can drive with the international driving licence, issued in India, are:
In case you lose your international driving licence, you will have to inform the local authorities about the same. The authorities you have to report to in case of loss of your international driving permit are:
If you have an international driving licence, you can use the following category of vehicles in the countries where the licence is valid:
Therefore, when you are planning a trip abroad, make sure you get an international driving licence to avoid being penalised for driving without a permit. Also, do not forget to carry your licence always during the course of your trip.
Yes, in certain cases, the international driving licence may come in handy as a proof of identity.
Typically, 1 to 7 working days will be taken to process and issue the permit to the individual.
Yes, you can rent and drive a car in the country you have visited as long as you have the international driving licence.
There is no limit as such but you will be required to mention in the application form about previous possession of the international driving permit, if any.
Yes, you will be required to provide the reason for such disqualification in the application form.