Prepare yourself before driving abroad
Certain countries don’t recognize the U.S. driver’s license as official identification, so consider getting an International Driving Permit (IDP) before traveling overseas. While an IDP is not required by most foreign governments, it can be a handy document. It includes your name, photo, and driver information translated into 10 languages. AAA is an authorized provider of IDPs.
You can obtain an IDP at most AAA branches by providing:
- A completed IDP application, which you can download or pick up at most AAA branches.
- Two original passport photos with your signature on the back of each.
- A check or money order to cover the $20 application fee, plus tax where applicable
- A current U.S. driver's license; you must be at least 18 years old.
To apply by mail, send your completed application, fee, and a photocopy of your driver’s license to any full-service AAA branch. Please allow 15 days for delivery. If you’re currently overseas, please send them to:
Attn: Mailstop #28
1000 AAA Drive
Heathrow, FL 32746
Remember that an IDP is valid only when accompanied by your U.S. issued driver’s license. IDPs are valid for one year and are not renewable.