The Advantages of an International Driver’s License

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The international driver’s license or more formally known as the International Driving Permit (IDP) in the United Arab Emirates. The International Driving Permit is available for UAE citizens, residents, and foreign tourists. If you are a tourist planning to visit the United Arab Emirates then owning an international driver’s license will allow you to quickly rent a vehicle in Dubai and the UAE without needing to apply for a local driver’s license.

What is an International Driving License

The international driving license is legally known as an international driving permit (IDP) and is considered as a legal document to allow the bearer to legally drive in affiliated countries and states that recognize the international driving permit. The international driving permit (IDP) is usually valid for one year and can also be a requirement for obtaining a local driver’s license in a foreign country if you are planning to stay for work or applying for local residency.

Applying for an International Driving Permit

The application process for each country may vary but they usually follow a set of general processes. Applying for an international driving permit is a simple and straightforward process and can be done within a day if you have prepared the right documents beforehand. Applying for an international driving permit typically costs 170 AED plus VAT.

What You Need to Prepare to Apply for a Permit

  • IDL form
  • a copy of Emirates ID
  • a copy of passport and valid residency
  • a copy of valid UAE driving license
  • two photos (passport size).

Where to Apply

List of Countries that Require an IDP

What countries is an IDL required for?

A-C Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Aguila (1), Angola, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain (1,2), Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (1,2), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada (1,2), Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo Dem Rep., Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic
D-F Denmark, Dijibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France & French Overseas Depts., French Polynesia
G-I Gambia (1), Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy
J-L Jamaica (2), Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati (1), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait (1), Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho (1), Liberia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
M-O Macao, Macedonia (FYROM), Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (1), Namibia, Nepal (1), Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua (1), Niger, Norway, Oman
P-R Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines (1), Poland, Portugal (inc Madeira & the Azores) (1), Qatar (1), Russia, Romania (1), Rwanda
S-U San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore (1), Slovakia, Slovenia (3), South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago (1), Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay
V-W Vatican City, Venezuela, Windward Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Why Get an International Driving Permit

There are plenty of benefits and advantages to getting an international driving permit. Apart from it acting as a supplementary document to your passport when traveling abroad it also allows you to easily rent and drive cars in foreign countries that recognize the IDP. This also gives you the flexibility to travel by not relying on local public transportation to visit popular tourist spots and destinations.

The international driving license also allows you to legally drive vehicles which means that you are not violating laws in the foreign country which can cause fines or worse imprisonment or deportation.

It’s Easier for Car Rental Companies

Renting a vehicle with your international driver’s license is also easier as car rental companies require customers to have an internationally recognized driver’s license which is also required for insurance purposes.


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