If you’re going overseas and plan to drive, there’s a good chance you will need an international driver’s permit. Here's what you need to know.
How to purchase
Apply online and your IDP will be processed in 5 - 7* business days
An international driver's permit (also known as an international driver’s licence or IDP) allows you to drive overseas without further tests or applications. You will need an IDP to drive both cars and motorbikes.
Anyone over the age of 18 with a full valid Australian driver's licence can apply. (No learner’s permits.)
Please note, RAC doesn't provide international driver's permits to foreign visitors to Australia. If you’re a foreign visitor, please contact the Department of Transport.
To apply for an International Driver's Permit, you will need a valid Australian driver's licence and a passport sized photo. Photos must not be older than 12 months and cannot be reused from previous IDP's.
When applying online, you can upload a suitable passport photo sized image from a file on your mobile device or desktop. We will print this for you free of charge, when processing the IDP application.
You can purchase passport-sized photos at our Travel Centres: $15.30 for RAC members, or $18.00 for non-members.
An International Driver’s Permit costs $49.00 when purchasing the IDP in person at one of our RAC Travel branches.
If you do not include or have a passport sized photo with your application you can purchase these from the branch at the time of application for additional cost (see What will I need?)
When applying online or via postal application, registered and express postage and handling fees apply (see Where can I get an International Driver's Licence?)
When applying online, you can upload a suitable photo when completing the application. We will print this for you and apply it to your IDP at no additional cost.
Your permit is valid for 12 months or until the expiry date of your Australian driver's licence, whichever comes first.
Make sure you’re aware of the International Driving Permit requirements of the places you’re visiting.
See the International Driver Permit Directory to find out.
A carnet (pronounced car-nay) is essential for the temporary importation of vehicles into New Zealand and most African, Asian, Middle Eastern and South American countries. It allows visitors to import their vehicles for a limited period of time with a minimum of formalities and without the need to make a cash deposit at the frontier in local currency, equivalent to the customs duty and other taxes.
Carnets are valid for 12 months from the date of issue and are a great way to save time, effort and expense.
For further advice or any queries on Carnets, email the Australian Automobile Association.