February 6, 2023

One of the most important documents that is recognised world-wide as a valuable piece of documentation is the IDP, or international driving permit. In this, the motorists are legally licenced drivers in whichever country they are travelling to. Another thing that you ought to know is that an international driving permit is recognised in several countries, and an IDP could be very useful when a person is renting a car. Without a valid IDL or IDP, one cannot rent a car. IDP also contains the various language translations of the driving terms that are used, which assists the drivers in communicating with the traffic cops or with the car rental companies and other firms. Also, the IDP contains a photograph of the driver, which is again a useful type of identification.

Who Can Apply for an IDL (International Driving License)?

Anybody can apply for an IDL from their country of origin. They should have a valid national driver’s licence and other relevant documents. An Indian citizen can also apply for an IDL in their country. There is also an International Drivers Association on Facebook that you can check online. An IDL is valid for only one year from the date of issue. Also, one should not apply for an IDL if they don’t have a valid Indian passport and driving licence from the local authority that issues the same, which is in the applicant’s location. Plus, the WIAA offers the service of issuing an IDL in Mumbai, Pune, and Ahmedabad. Besides that, WIAA is the only authorised organisation to issue IDLs in India apart from the local RTOs and other organizations.

Third-Party Selling IDP-

Besides all of that, you should be aware that there are third parties that are selling the IDPs that are not genuine. So, the members should know this and note that WIAA is the complete issuing authority besides the RTO, which is recognised by the FIA and the State Govt. for the 1949 Geneva Convention International Driving License. To issue, possess, and handle an illegitimate IDP or IDL is a criminal offence and is punishable. Please don’t apply for the IDPs that are sold illegally on the web. Your identity will be endangered if you apply for an illegitimate IDL.

IDL-Legitimate Process of Applying for IDL-

You can apply through WIAA, which has offices in Pune, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai and is available to WIAA members only. First, you should become a member of the same Apply online for membership or visit the WIAA office. Download the form of IDL, fill it out, and go to the WIAA office. Your WIAA membership card is your eligibility criteria. Once you download the form, the next thing you have to do is check the number of countries that are a part of the 1949 convention on international driving permits. Then, apply. You will require a valid Indian driving license, a valid passport, 4 recent passport-size photos, and a fee of around 1500 to 800. After the verification of your documents, you can collect your IDL as per the deadline provided. It is processed within 2 days from the date of submission.