It just didn't make sense to require someone to obtain a license for every single country they ever visited, did work, and drove in. That is also why the International Driving Permit (IDP) was such a good idea. Those with IDP privileges, however, need to know which countries are and are not IDP countries.
An IDP license is typically issued today for three years, although one-year license terms are still an option. The following countries are IDP countries that recognize some form of IDP license.
Yes, that is a lot of countries, also meaning a lot of driving privilege. This is another reason why the IDP license is so popular too, but there are a couple other things IDP holders should know.
The three-year license option was established in 1968 and permits an IDP holder to legally drive in IDP countries for three years from the date of issue. If the national driving permit expires before the three-year date of issue, it invalidates the IDP.
The one-year IDP permit was created in 1949 and is valid for one year from the date of issue. It is also worth noting that IDP holders must also have their valid national licenses available with a valid IDP license. Drive safely.
|Anguilla||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Bolivia||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Non-Party|
|Burkina Faso||IDP 1949|
|Colombia||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Costa Rica||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Czech Republic||IDP 1949|
|Dominica||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Dominican Republic||USDL/IDP OK|
|DR Congo||IDP 1949|
|French Polynesia||IDP 1949|
|Honduras||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Hong Kong||IDP 1949|
|Ivory Coast||IDP 1949|
|Mexico||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Montserrat||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|New Caledonia||IDP 1949|
|New Zealand||IDP 1949|
|Nicaragua||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Papua New Guinea||IDP 1949|
|Republic of the Congo||IDP 1949|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Non-Party, USDL/IDP OK|
|Saint Lucia||IDP 1949|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||IDP 1949|
|San Marino||IDP 1949|
|Sierra Leone||IDP 1949|
|South Africa||IDP 1949|
|South Korea||IDP 1949|
|Sri Lanka||IDP 1949|
|United Arab Emirates||Non-Party|
|United Kingdom||IDP 1949|
|Vatican City||IDP 1949|
The countries that require an IDP for foreign drivers are Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.