International Drivers Permit
Some countries require travellers to carry special driving permits in addition to their regular driver's license. These International Driving Permits (IDP) are available in Canada exclusively at CAA Stores and are available to members and non-members alike.
The IDP is proof that you possess a valid driver's license issued by a competent authority in Canada. It translates your driving qualifications into ten of the world's most commonly used languages, and it allows travellers to drive in over 150 different countries without further tests or applications. NOTE: the IDP is only valid when used in conjunction with a valid Canadian provincial driver's license.
An IDP provides you with an extra piece of photo identification for international travel. Plus, most international car rental agencies will request an IDP, even though one may not be required to drive in that country.
You can only apply for an IDP if you are 18 years of age or older and hold a valid Canadian provincial driver's license. An IDP cannot be issued for learner's permits, provisional or suspended licenses and any type of vehicle not presently covered by the same provincial driver's license. Additionally, you will require:
If you are unable to visit a CAA Store, you may print out a copy of the application form and, once it is completed and signed, mail it to your local CAA Store along with your passport-sized photos, fee payment (credit card payment only, if applying by mail) and a photocopy of the front and back of your valid Canadian provincial driver's license.
If applying by mail, please be aware that CAA prefers to send IDPs by registered mail, thus an additional charge of $9.13 for Canadian addresses or $18.95 for international addresses may be added (prices subject to change).
If you visit a CAA South Central Ontario Store, we can process the application for you in approximately 15 minutes. If your IDP is being mailed, you should allow at least three weeks for the IDP to reach you.
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