During an international trip, getting a chance to drive on the foreign roads is like a dream come true. The idea of racing a GT coupe across the high-speed German autobahn superhighway is irresistible for everyone alike. However, you must have a universal endorsement to be able to drive a car abroad. This is where the need for an international driving license becomes inevitable.
Just like you need a driving license to drive on your native roads, you need to have the International Driving License or Permit if you are travelling abroad and wish to drive a car there. Besides travel insurance, this license is an essential document for a person travelling overseas.
This article will throw light on the significance of International Driving Permit, and the procedure to apply for one, in ten easy steps.
Legally referred to as the International Driving Permit (IDP), the International Driving License is a document which the United Nations authorises and issues to the citizens travelling to the foreign countries and planning to drive in their destination country. The International Driving License is basically an official translation of the driver's license issued to you in your home country.
If you seek to drive a vehicle abroad, you must apply for the International Driving Permit. The IDP is a crucial document substantiating your eligibility to drive in all the countries abroad. This document translates your native driving license document into various foreign languages, so that the road transport authorities abroad are able to trace and validate your driving credentials and background.
There are two different modes to apply for the International Driving License in India— offline and online.
Under the offline mode, you need to physically visit the nearest RTO in your home town and submit all the required documents for the International Driving License along with the application fee.
The license should be handed over to you on processing of the application, which usually takes 3-4 business days. You will need to visit the RTO once again to collect your International Driving License.
Thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, you can now obtain the IDP from the International Driving License India online portal. To apply for the international driving license online, you need to visit the Parivahan Sarathi Portal.
Given below are the 10 easy steps to apply for a new International Driving Permit on the Parivahan portal:
Here is the list of documents required to get international driving license in India:
The processing fee for the international driving license application is fixed by the government at Rs. 1,000 per license. You need to pay this fee while submitting the documents and application form.
In accordance with the Convention on International Road Traffic of 1949, i.e. Geneva Convention, an International Driving Permit issued in India is valid for a period of one year.
There is no straightforward process to renew the International Driving Permit after expiry of its validity. You need to apply for a fresh license on the official website of the embassy/ high commission/ consulate general of the country where his/her IDP was valid. Here’s how to renew your IDP by following these steps: :
You need to download this application form from the official website of the embassy/ high commision/ consulate general of the respective country. You are required to duly file and self-attest this form and post it to the respective embassy’s address along with the processing fee and following attachments—
Upon due processing of the miscellaneous application form the following stages shall occur:
There is no need to worry at all! All you need to do is get your trip insured with the Care Explore International Trip Insurance Policy. In case you lose your International Driving Permit while you are on the journey, you can easily apply for a duplicate International Driving License. We shall pay a fixed amount to you incurred towards obtaining the duplicate IDP, as per the terms and conditions of the plan given in the policy document and brochure.
To sum up
While the International Driving Permit is crucial to driver’s safety, your overall journey/’s security relies on the right international travel insurance plan. It keeps you protected and bears your medical and non-medical travel risks so that you bring only happy memories back home.
Disclaimer: Plan features, benefits, coverage, and underwriting of claims are subject to policy terms and conditions. Please refer to the brochure, sales prospectus, and policy documents carefully.
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