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International Driving Permit

Guide to obtaining an IDP before your trip to Japan

What is an International Driving Permit?

  • An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a document that allows holders to drive in any country that recognizes IDPs
  • It is essentially a translation of your country of origin's Driver's License
  • IDPs must be issued in country of origin

How do I obtain an IDP?

  • You must obtain your IDP within your country of origin. Applications from overseas are generally not accepted.
  • Every country designates its own companies or government offices to officially issue IDPs. See list below for official issuers.
  • There is usually a permit fee that must be payed to receive an IDP. This will go for around $20.00 (USD)
  • A photocopy of both sides of your original Driver's License is usually required with the application
  • Two passport photos (signed on the back) may also be required
  • Applications can be handled in person at the designated offices. Some countries may offer mail-in applications as well
  • IDPs may not be issued over 6 months in advance of planned use 

International Driving Permit issued by Taiwan

Designated Issuers:

USA: ($20.00 USD + Postage)
AAA
AATA

Australia: ($39.00 AUD + Postage, Issuer depends on state)
New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory: NRMA Motoring and Services
Queensland: RACQ Ltd.(Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited)
Victoria: RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria)
South Australia: RAA (Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, Inc)
Western Australia: RAC (Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Incorporated)
Tasmania: RACT (Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited)
Northern Territory: AANT (Automobile Association of Northern Territory Inc)

Canada: ($25.00 CDN + Postage)
CAA

Malaysia: (RM150.00)
Apply at any RTD State Offices or at Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) offices

Singapore: ($20.00 SGD)
AAS

S. Korea: (₩8500 KRW)
All regional driver’s license examination offices

Taiwan: ($250.00 TWD)
Apply at Motor Vehicles Office

For other countries, please check with your local Government office, or Automobile Association for more information on how you can obtain an IDP

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