Planning to rent a car and venturing out into the world on your own? Plan to obtain an International Driving Permit before you go.

Why Carry an IDP?

Your IDP is a valid form of identification in 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information. It translates your identification information into 10 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don't. Most countries highly recommend an International Driving Permit.

An IDP gives you peace of mind while you're out exploring the world - even if you're not planning to drive!

How to Apply?

AAA is one of only two private entities in the U.S. authorized by the U.S. Department of State to issue an IDP.*
You will need to provide:

  • Download and fill out an application, and bring it to your nearest AAA branch office**.
  • Two original passport pictures (also available at AAA branch offices**).
  • A valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Pay $20USD permit fee and you're ready to go!
  • If you are not able to visit your nearest AAA branch office, your IDP can be obtained through the mail. Simply enclose the following and mail them to the AAA office nearest you (check locally for payment options):

    You will need to provide:

  • Your completed IDP application form
  • Two original passport pictures each signed on the back
  • $20USD permit fee
  • A photocopy of both sides of your driver's license
  • If desired, include additional U.S. funds for expedited return mail service. See, or for rates.
  • * International Driving Permits may not be issued more than six (6) months in advance of desired effective date.
    **Contact the AAA branch office directly to verify IDP Services is available.


    If you are currently overseas you can mail your completed application to the following office and address:

    1000 AAA Drive
    Heathrow, FL 32746

    Attn: Mail Stop #28

    Please allow 4-6 weeks for return mail unless additional postage for express mail service is included with the application.

    Due to the recent change in U.S. Customs law impacting USPS Express International mail, FedEx* will be used to most countries. Go to for additional charges.


    *APO and PO Boxes are not accepted by FedEx. Therefore, please provide a street address for delivery, and expect delivery up to 10 business days after IDP is processed.

    Funds must be in U.S. dollars. For this option acceptable forms of payment are U.S. bank check or money order payable to AAA and these major credit cards with expiration date- Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card. Applicants name and mailing address must be printed on the check.

    (If credit card option is chosen, please include number, expiration date, and note authorizing AAA to charge $20, and if requesting expedited mail service [FedEx] authorization for the additional charges.)

    Visit U.S. Passport & International Travel for complete guidelines.

    Need help with your international travel planning? Contact AAA Travel and discover the world with confidence, trust, and peace of mind!