International Driving Permits for UK residents
Drive-Alive Holidays provides motoring holidays in Europe. The following information
is intended as a guide to the situation regarding International Driving Permits
in Europe. Fuller information can be obtained from the
AA and the
RAC, both of whom can issue
Not a UK resident?
International Driving Permits are not required for most European countries. The
exceptions are that if you have an old style all green licence it is recommended,
but not required, that you obtain the IDP for Italy
and Spain. IDPs are also required for the countries of the former
An IDP is not a substitute for a full UK driving licence, but is an additional
document to be used alongside your driving licence.
International Driving Permits are available to people over the age of 18 who hold
valid full UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) driving licences.
An IDP is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. IDP applications can only
be made up to three months in advance. An IDP may be post-dated up to three months
in advance but cannot be backdated. Recognised internationally, it normally allows
you to drive a private motor vehicle abroad when accompanied by a valid UK driving
How to apply
- If you hold a driving licence issued in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man,
or you hold a foreign licence, call the AA on 0870 240 1456 for guidance.
- If you're going for more than three months, to live or to work, you
should make enquiries about your personal position before relying on a permit.
You might need to obtain a driving licence from the country you are living or
All information on this page is provided as a service to our clients. It is intended
as a guide to the more important rules for the different countries to which we offer
driving holidays. It is not meant to be a comprehensive document. We try and keep
the information on this page up-to-date, but we cannot be held responsible in any
way for any consequences arising from any inaccuracies. If you find a mistake or
would like to send us some additional information, please
email us. Your co-operation is appreciated.