A driving licence holder can use their licence to ride/drive a motorised vehicle throughout the country for a period of 20 years or until the concerned individual attains the age of 50 years. The Indian driving licence, however, is not valid outside the geographical boundaries of the country. If you are travelling abroad and wish to drive or ride a motor vehicle during your stay in that particular country, you will need to apply for an international driving licence or an international driving permit. The application will have to be submitted to the RTO in your jurisdiction and you will need to specify the various countries that you intend to visit and the duration of your stay in these countries.
To obtain an international driving licence, the concerned individual is required to submit an application to the RTO in one’s jurisdiction. You will also need to submit the following documents when applying for an international driving licence/permit:
Form CMV 1 and 1A and Form CMV 4 are available online. Thus, you can choose to download these forms and key in the required details before submitting it to the RTO. Along with the application form, passport-size photographs, and required documents, you will also need to pay a fee of Rs.1,000 for the same. Further, you will also be required to pay a processing fee of Rs.200.
*Note: You can also obtain an international driving permit by submitting the application to the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA). However, to submit an application to the WIAA, you will need to be a member of the association. You will have to pay a fee of Rs.1,500 if you are submitting an application for an international driving licence to the WIAA. You can also choose to apply for the international driving permit online through the International Traffic Control Association (ITCA) website.
Once issued, the international driving licence or international driving permit is valid for a period of one year or until the expiry of your Indian driving licence, based on whichever of the two happens first. However, you cannot renew your international driving licence. You will need to make a fresh application for an international driving licence after its expiry if you need the licence for more than a year.
The international driving licence issued in India is accepted in over 150 countries across the world. A few countries which accept the international driving licence or international driving permit issued in India are as follows:
Certain categories of vehicles for which you can obtain a driving licence are as follows:
The benefits of having an international driving licence are as follows:
No, you cannot extend the tenure of your international driving licence. The international driving licence is valid for a 1-year period. Post this, you will need to apply for a new international driving permit by submitting the application form, required documents, and fee.
Once you have submitted the application form for an international driving licence to an RTO, you will receive the permit within a period of 7 days.
Yes, you can rent a two-wheeler when you are abroad if you have an international driving licence and an Indian driving licence that permits you to ride two-wheelers.
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