Here are the 3 main reasons to carry an International Driving Permit:
• It’s valid in most countries. Some countries don’t recognize U.S. driver’s licenses, but do recognize IDPs.
• It can reduce language barriers. An IDP will show your name and driver information translated in 10 languages.
• It might be needed to rent a car. Some countries require an IDP in order for visitors to rent a vehicle.
Each country has its own requirements for foreign visitors who want to drive. Some, like Canada, recognize U.S. driver’s licenses. Others require an IDP, and a few require separate documents.
That’s why AAA recommends bringing an IDP along with your U.S. driver’s license to help avoid many potential hassles, especially if you’re traveling in a country where English is not the primary language. Even if an IDP isn’t required, you may encounter traffic police or other officials who can’t read your U.S. license but can read one of the IDP’s 10 other languages.
Not sure what the rules are where you’ll be traveling? Ask your AAA travel advisor at a branch
in person or over the phone.