How to Get an International Driving Permit as an Indian: A Complete Guide

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If you’re an Indian citizen with a valid driver’s license and a thirst for adventure, an International Driving Permit (IDP) can be your key to unlocking the freedom of self-driving exploration abroad.
But navigating the process of obtaining an IDP can feel a little daunting. Don’t worry, buckle up! This guide will make getting your IDP as smooth as shifting gears.

What is an IDP & Why Do You Need One?

Imagine your Indian driver’s license as your passport to navigate the roads back home. An IDP acts as a translation of that license, presented in multiple languages recognized internationally. While not always mandatory, having an IDP alongside your Indian license is highly recommended in many countries. It simplifies communication with rental agencies and local authorities, and can even be a lifesaver in case you get pulled over.

Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your IDP

There are two ways to apply for your IDP: online or offline. Here’s a breakdown of both methods:

Online Method:

  1. Gather Your Documents: You’ll need scanned copies of your valid Indian driver’s license, passport (including visa pages if applicable), and a passport-sized photograph.
  2. Head Online: Visit the Parivahan Sewa portal ( Click on “Driving License Related Services” and select your state. Look for “Apply for International Driving Permit (IDP)” and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Fill Out the Application: Enter your driving license details, date of birth, and upload the scanned documents. Pay the application fee (around ₹1,000) using the online payment gateway.
  4. Download and Print: Once your application is processed, you can download a soft copy of your IDP.

Offline Method:

  1. Visit Your RTO: Locate the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in your area.
  2. Gather Documents: Carry the originals and photocopies of your Indian driver’s license, passport, a medical certificate (obtained from an authorized doctor), and passport-sized photographs.
  3. Fill Out the Application Form: Form 4 is the standard application for IDPs. You may also need to fill out a medical certificate form (Form 1A).
  4. Submit and Collect: Submit the completed forms and documents along with the application fee at the RTO counter. You’ll typically receive your IDP within a few working days.

Important Tips:

  • Ensure your Indian driver’s license is valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates.
  • IDPs are generally valid for one year, so plan your application accordingly.
  • While the online method is convenient, some RTOs may have limitations on online applications. Check with your local RTO for the latest updates.

Hit the Road with Roadwe

With your IDP in hand, you’re ready to explore the world on your own terms. But before you hit the gas, download the RoadWe app to make your journey even smoother.
RoadWe lets you create professional transport bilties, loading advices, and invoices in seconds – perfect for managing any travel-related logistics. Plus, you can share them seamlessly with anyone involved in your trip, ensuring clear communication and streamlined processes.

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