Which Driving Licence?

Which Driving Licence by Country
Most countries will recognize the licence of visitors from foreign countries. But if you come from a country which does not use an English alphabet and you rent a car abroad most likely you will need an International Driver's Permit (IDP). This booklet is authorized and has a translation of driver's licence information into many different languages. It is produced as there are some countries which do not recognize the validity of licenses in foreign languages which are not translated.

Countries where this may be the case are Japan, Russia, China and the Arabic countries like Yemen and Lebanon. You should be aware that an IDP is only valid when you produce it in conjunction with your original driving licence. If you plan to stay in the foreign country for a long period of time you are expected to transfer your foreign licence to a local licence. This time frame is normally between six months and one year.

The People's Republic of China, not including Hong Kong or Macau, does not accept IDPs and may require an alternative document known as a PRC licence. Within the EU, EU driving licences are accepted by all countries. This is also the case for the GCC, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, where a licence from one state allows you to drive in all states.

In Europe and Canada you must be able to produce your licence at all times, though this is not the case in  the United Kingdom where you are given a period of time in which you can take it to the nearest police station. It is worth noting that even if you have a licence entitling you to drive in another country if you are below the legal driving age for that country you may not do so. Hence if you are an English 17 year old with a driving licence you may still not be able to drive in parts of mainland Europe where the age restriction is 18.

Which Driving Licence by Country

 
Australia IDP 1949
Argentina IDP 1949
Austria  
Algeria IDP 1949
France  
Brazil IDP 1926
Belgium  
Bulgaria  
Ukraine IDP 1949
China  
Portugal IDP 1949
Canada IDP 1949
Cuba  
Chile  IDP 1949
Czech Republic  IDP 1949
Croatia IDP 1949
Denmark   
Japan IDP 1949
Egypt IDP 1949
Estonia  
El Salvador  
Finland   
Georgia IDP 1949
Ghana IDP 1949
Germany  
Greece  
Gibraltar  
Hungary IDP 1949
Hong Kong  IDP 1949
Norway  
India IDP 1949
Iceland IDP 1949
Israel IDP 1949
Ireland  
Italy IDP 1949
Jordan  IDP 1949
Jamaica IDP 1949
Kenya  
Lithuania  
Luxembourg  
Mexico IDP 1949
Malta  
Malaysia IDP 1949
Netherlands  
New Zealand  
Poland  
Romania  
Russia IDP 1949
Serbia IDP 1949
Slovakia  
Switzerland  
Slovenia IDP 1949
South Africa IDP 1949
Saudi Arabia IDP 1949
Singapore  IDP 1949
Spain IDP 1949
Sweden  
Thailand IDP 1949
Turkey IDP 1949
United States  
United Kingdom  


 

Comments

  Jignesh
I am an indian going to france and switzerland on a holiday. Cna i drive in France and switzerland on my driving license and international driving permit?
4/29/2012 5:08:32 PM
  Diane
In New Zealand, their driver licence is valid for use for a limited period of time in many countries. An International Driving Permit may be obtained from the Automobile Association. To obtain an IDP a person must be 18 years of age or over, hold a full current licence and pay a NZ$20 fee.
8/19/2011 2:46:36 PM
  Patricia Follett
Hi I'm from s.a But I only have an egyptian driver license. May I use it on s.a for my 2week visit....or do I have to use cabs.thanks
1/8/2016 3:34:15 PM
Rana Masud
Sir right now I have Singapore valid class 3 licence. But in future if I want to drive in Kuwait. Can or no? Or I need to change my licence there.
8/31/2017 8:13:06 AM
Henry Tan
I am a Malaysian. I have driving license in Malaysia and have English translation. Due I need to apply IDP to drive in Croatia ?
9/2/2017 5:27:43 AM

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