Your Ultimate Guide to International Driving Licenses: Key Nations and Procedure Essentials

Welcome to the world of travel and adventure! Today, we are going to talk about an essential subject for adventurers and globetrotters: the international driving license. Do you dream of traveling the roads around the world? So fasten your seat belt, because together we are going to explore the countries where it is mandatory, as well as the steps to follow to obtain it. Ready to take the wheel internationally? Let’s go ! 🌍🚗 #Wanderlust #DrivingPermitInternational

When and why do you need an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

Do you dream of making a road trip across Japan or touring the golden beaches of Australia? You may need to obtain a international driving license (PCI). The PCI is nothing other than an official translation of your national license, and it is essential to travel in certain countries.

Although your French license is valid in much of Europe and other countries, some require this official translation. If you don’t want your vacation plans disrupted, it’s crucial to know these rules.

Which countries require an international driving license?

Traveling without worrying about administrative formalities is a luxury. However, some countries make PCI mandatory, especially for extended stays. Here is a list of some destinations where it is imperative to have an PCI:

  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

For other countries, although PCI is not strictly mandatory, it is strongly recommended. For example, in the United States, some car rental agencies may require it.

How to get an international driving license?

You are ready to embark on the adventure ofobtaining the PCI ? Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Online pre-request: Go to the website of the National Agency for Secure Titles (ANTS) and complete an online application. You will need proof of identity, proof of address less than six months old and a copy of your driving license.
  2. Sending documents: Once the pre-request has been made, you must send by mail, within 15 days, the following documents:
    • Certificate of online application submission
    • Identity photo less than six months old
    • Envelope franked in 50g tracked letter to your address

  3. Certificate of online application submission
  4. Identity photo less than six months old
  5. Envelope franked in 50g tracked letter to your address
  6. Deadline : It is better to anticipate, as processing your request may take time. It is advisable to do this at least six months before your departure.
  • Certificate of online application submission
  • Identity photo less than six months old
  • Envelope franked in 50g tracked letter to your address

Tips for travelers

Finally, before setting sail, don’t forget to check the latest recommendations on the France Diplomatie website for up-to-date information regarding your destination. It’s better to be prepared than to find yourself stuck without being able to hit the road!

Special mention for Japan: don’t forget that you must have your license translated by the Japan Automobile Federation before your departure.

Enjoy your trip and remember: there’s nothing like a international driving license to guarantee hassle-free adventures around the world!