Will you be driving while you’re overseas?

If you are planning on driving, we recommend you get an International Driving Permit (IDP) before you head off. IDPs are a requirement for renting a motor vehicle in many countries and can be helpful if you find yourself in need of identification or assistance.

With an IDP, you can:

  • Drive internationally without further tests or applications, provided your domestic driver's licence is valid
  • Prove that you hold a valid driver's licence in your home country at the date of issue of the IDP
  • Drive in most foreign countries in case of an emergency (under normal IDP conditions)

Download the AAA International Handbook for Motorists (PDF, 1.14MB).

Be mindful of fraudulent IDPs

The only authorised IDP issuing bodies in Australia are the state and territory motoring organisations. Counterfeit IDPs are being offered for sale online, usually at inflated prices. These forged IDPs are illegal, and if you’re caught driving overseas with one you could get into trouble with the traffic authorities in that country.

Eligibility and cost

Both RACQ members and non-members are eligible and IDPs cost $39 each (including GST).

Get your IDP in-store

You can get your IDP in-store at selected RACQ branches - excludes RACQ Vehicle Inspections (Zillmere).

You will need to take with you:

  1. A current drivers licence
  2. A passport size coloured photograph of the applicant
    • Must show your full face without any headwear or dark glasses obscuring your features
    • Must be on photographic paper
    • Not be more than 12 months old
    • Not be a photocopy or fax copy

    You can get approved passport photos for $9.95 including GST ($12.95 for non-members) from the following RACQ branches:

    Brisbane – Eight Mile Plains & Indooroopilly
    Gold Coast – Elanora, Nerang & Southport West
    Regional – Maroochydore, Toowoomba & Townsville

By post

If you can’t make it in-store, you can get your IDP by post. To apply (or request a reissue) by post you will need:

  1. A completed IDP Application Form (PDF 275 KB)
  2. A clear copy of your current drivers licence (front & back)
  3. A signed passport size coloured photograph of the applicant with full name printed on the reverse side
    • Must show your full face without any headwear or dark glasses obscuring your features
    • Must be on photographic paper
    • Not be more than 12 months old
    • Not be a photocopy or fax copy
  4. If making an application from overseas RACQ also requires:
    • Proof that you are not resident in the country from which you are making the application
    • Proof of travel plans to other countries (e.g. travel agent itinerary)
    • The date of your return to Australia

Post the above documents and completed form to:

    The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Ltd
    International Driving Permits
    2649 Logan Road
    Eight Mile Plains
    QLD 4113

Key facts about International Drivers Permits include:

  • They are not a stand-alone document or a substitute for a valid driving licence - you must carry your Australian state/territory licence with your IDP at all times.
  • They do not diminish your obligations to conform to the laws and regulations of the countries you visit.
  • Valid for 12 months from the date of issue or the expiry of your Australian licence (whichever is the lesser period).
  • Cannot be post-dated.
  • May be reissued on the expiry of the old IDP (with a new photograph), but if you're resident overseas for more than 12 months you should apply for a local licence.
  • Can only be issued to drivers holding a current Australian state/territory driving licence (not an overseas driving licence).
  • Can only be issued to people over 18 years of age (includes provisional licence or P plate).
  • Cannot be issued to people who hold a learner driver permit.
  • Is a helpful form of identification, even if you don't intend on driving when you travel overseas.
  • Is officially sanctioned by the United Nations and accepted worldwide (in over 150 countries) as a recognisable form of identification.
  • Allows you to carry your identification details in nine languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Italian, German, Arabic, Swedish and French), in case you need to communicate with foreign authorities.
  • Gives you an extra form of photo ID along with your personal details (this can be useful if you are ever asked to surrender your passport, which can happen under certain circumstances in some countries).

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