Obtaining an International Driving Permit

International Driving Permit
Obtaining an International Driving Permit

Interested in picking up an International Driving Permit? This special license is recognized all over the world, allowing you to drive vehicles pretty much anywhere.

With the permit you can rent a car or motorcycle in places like Argentina, Egypt, Thailand, etc. Or maybe you decide to head out on a road trip with your new friends from Romania. You don’t want to skip- out on your share of the driving, do you?

With an International Driving Permit, you won’t get screwed when the local police decide to pull you over because you’re a foreigner. Without it, you could get hit with ridiculous fines or bribe payments.

Step 1

Remember when I showed you how to make your own passport photos? Take two of them down to your local neighborhood AAA Location, fill out a form, and pay $15.

Step 2

Actually, that was the only step.

Really. You don’t have to do anything else. You’ll walk out with your new International Drivers Permit 10 minutes later. No strange tests for how to drive on the opposite side of the road, nothing.

You are now licensed to operate a vehicle in virtually any country in the world. :)

The permit has pages which translate it into 10 different languages.

Do You Need an International Driver’s License?

That depends. Many countries are ok with just seeing your local drivers license (Mexico, Europe, etc.). But not all of them. So it depends on where you are going to travel to. If you think you may rent or drive a vehicle while traveling abroad, I’d pick up a copy just to be safe.

At the very least, you’ll now have an extra form of picture identification. You can never have enough of those in my opinion.

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    • Probably May & June, but no plans are certain. I’ll be in South America all this year I think. Visiting any other countries while you’re in the area?

    • Actually yeah, I had planned to stay in South America till the end of the year. Been to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru already and wanted to finish it out. Anyways, I fly into Colombia the first week of Aug. Was thinking i’d chill there for a few weeks or longer, then maybe head over to Brazil and work my way around.

      If you don’t have any set plans, dude i’d be down for meeting up and traveling some together. Would be fun to go shoot photos with ya a bit. Got a whole flash kit now that I’m traveling with.

  1. Agreed, a cheap and easy document to carry with you “just in case”. You can also include a motorcycle endorsement, if you have one. They’re only good for 1 year though. I always get one, even though I don’t even drive in the States!

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