DO I NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (IDP) ?
This question is the most asked when we go to any travel show. From all our personal experience we follow what most of the European Motoring associations recommend.
Many European countries accept an Australian driver's license; however, most countries will require an International Driving Permit.
The International Driving Permit (also referred as a IDP) are accepted worldwide (in over 150 countries) as a recognisable form of identification and are officially sanctioned by the United Nations. It is a translation of your Australian driver's license in 11 foreign languages.and must be carried with your domestic driver's licence at all times.
IDPs can be purchased from your local motoring organisation (RACV, NRMA, etc) by presenting your current drivers’ licence and a passport-sized photo. An IDP costs just $39 (AUD). You'll need to be over 18, hold a valid Australian driver's licence, and provide a recent passport-sized photo – less than 3.5cm x 4.5cm.
TOURISTS AND SHORT TERM RESIDENTS If you are a tourist or short-term resident (less than 12 months), you can legally drive in France provided you have both a valid Australian State or Territory driving license AND a valid international driving permit (that you must obtain before leaving Australia)
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT AUTHORITIES IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
To obtain an International Driving Permit, please contact the relevant International Driving Permit authority in your state:
|New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory -
NRMA Motoring and Services
RACQ Ltd.(Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited)
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)
RACT (Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited)
|Northern Territory -
AANT (Automobile Association of Northern Territory Inc), phone: (08) 8981 3837
|New Zealand -
AA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agent)
|European Driving Guide (6.04 MB/20 pages) from globalCARS. Information on European motoring.|
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