An International Driving License (IDL) is proof that you have a valid driver’s license in your Native country, and it allows licensed drivers to drive in more than 150 countries without the need to complete further applications or testing. It can be used as an additional form of Identification and permitted to the Countries that have signed the 1949 United Nation Convention on Road Traffic. It is recognized in many countries that are not signatories to the Convention. It is the translation of holder’s driving license which serves in 10 languages and proof that the holder possesses a valid driver’s license, issued by a competent authority, in his or her country of residence.
IDL is not a Substitute or Replace of a Government issued IDL, but An official Translation. It is not valid for driving where it was issued and not permitted to those who are holding Learner License or other limited/restricted use licenses, issued under the directive of a State Court of Law and to those who are less than 18 years age whether he/she holds License or not would not be accepted.
The IDP is valid only when carried in co-occurrence with and acts as a translation of a driver’s license. If a person traveling in a foreign country and were to be stopped by a law enforcement officer, the driver license (issued in native country) and IDP should be presented to the officer. Note that you can make the application online. Online applications are advantageous because of convenience since you do not have to leave your home or office and because you can apply whenever you want, anonymity since all communication and transactions are online, and cost benefits because you do not need to travel. You should research on whether the country you are visiting is among these 150 countries and if it is not, research on what the country requires you to drive there. It is important to have this license if you are a United States citizen because a U.S. driver license is only acceptable in Canada and western European countries.
The mission of IDL Service is to protect the lives and interests of International Motorists overseas and to strengthen the rights and identity of International Drivers License cardholders. IDL Service provides the International Drivers License that enables individuals to travel internationally and stands ready to lend a helping hand when people fall in various situations and obstacles in other countries. We make decisions and take actions every day that form key turning points in people’s lives. We have no higher responsibility than safeguarding personal identity, and we are determined to carry out this responsibility in the best and most effective manner possible.