DO I NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (IDP) ?
This question is the most asked when we go to any travel show. From all our personal experience we follow what most of the European Motoring associations recommend.
Many European countries accept an Australian driver's license; however, most countries will require an International Driving Permit.
The International Driving Permit (also referred as a IDP) are accepted worldwide (in over 150 countries) as a recognisable form of identification and are officially sanctioned by the United Nations. It is a translation of your Australian driver\'s license in 11 foreign languages.and must be carried with your domestic driver's licence at all times.
IDPs can be purchased from your local motoring organisation (RACV, NRMA, etc) by presenting your current drivers’ licence and a passport-sized photo. The International Driving Permit is valid for 1 years from date of issue and costs around $39 (2015 price). IDP's are usually issued on the spot or you can apply by post.
SMART TRAVELLERS Always carry an International Driving Permit
International Motoring Guide 1.40 MB/2 pages) from The Australian Automobile Association
For more information on overseas motoring clubs and the services they provide, please check the
AAA International Handbook for Motorists ( 1.45 MB/72 pages), or review the appropriate motoring association. A very handy document when travelling in Europe.
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT AUTHORITIES IN AUSTRALIA
To obtain an International Driving Permit, please contact the relevant International Driving Permit authority in your state:
New South Wales NRMA
Queensland RACQ Ltd. (Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited)
Victoria RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria)
South Australia RAA (Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, Inc)
Western Australia RAC (Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Incorporated)
Tasmania RACT (Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited)
Northern Territory AANT (Automobile Association of Northern Territory Inc)
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT AUTHORITIES IN NEW ZEALAND
At your local AA Centre or AA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agent