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Apply by Post (AA)[edit]

  • Application sent by post: It will take about 10 days for your application to be processed from the date of receipt.

You can apply for an IDP by post to the AA.

  1. Print and complete and application form. Download an application form
  2. Before you post your application, make sure that you have signed and completed the application form in full, attached the supporting documentary evidence and enclosed the correct payment. Note: Incomplete applications will be returned to you.
  3. Send your application to the AA address shown on the form, including your payment and the relevant documents.
  4. To check the status of your application you may contact AA - 0870 600 0371 for more information. (Choose option 5, and then option 2)

Note: Send full photocopy not the originals of the documents plus your passport photo.

Apply at AA Folkestone (Eurotunnel)[edit]

To those travelling via Eurotunnel you may apply for an IDP at AA Folkestone (Eurotunnel Passenger Terminal).

  1. Complete an application form. You may obtain application forms over the counter at the shops. Alternatively you can download an application form, complete it and take it (the original not a copy) with you apply for an IDP.
  2. You will need to present your original driving licence (or UK pass certificate and provisional licence) together with your passport.
  3. You will also need to submit a passport-size photograph.

Apply at a Post Office[edit]

Personal applications for an IDP can be made at selected Post Office branches.

  1. To apply for an IDP at a Post Office, you must do this in person (no third-party applications).
  2. You must complete an application form available from the Post Office and provide the following: your driving licence, passport photograph, proof of identity and your payment.

Post Office

  • Statutory charge for a permit is 5.50.

Payment to the Post Office can only be made by cash or debit card.

Branch Finder


  1. Complete an application form.
  2. Include the following:
    1. The correct fee - 8 for one application or 16 for two (5.50 plus 2.50 processing fee per application)
    2. 1 x Recent passport-size photo(s) signed on the back
    3. A photocopy (not original) of your complete UK driving licence, including photocard if applying by post
    4. A photocopy of the page from your passport with your photo and identification details
  3. Send you application to:
    RAC Motoring Service
    Travel Administration
    PO Box 1500
    Great Park Road
    BS32 4QN

RAC will send your IDP first class, please allow up to 10 days before travel and note that IDP applications are processed according to most imminent travel date.


Required Documents[edit]

To those applying by post (AA)[edit]

Completed application form - AA

  • You must enclose the original signed application form licence holder's signature only.
  • Completed applications that have been photocopied, emailed or faxed will not be accepted.

Your driving licence or pass certificate & provisional licence:

  • If a photocard licence you must copy both sides of the card as well as the paper counterpart.
  • The photocard must be valid check the expiry date shown at 4b. on the front of the card. *Alternatively you may send a copy of your UK practical pass certificate (valid for two years from the date of your test) together with a copy of your provisional licence.
  • Note: If you can't supply a copy of your full UK driving licence (or of your practical test pass certificate and provisional licence) please enclose an additional 4.00 search fee with your remittance as The AA will need to check your driving entitlement. This search procedure is not available to holders of Northern Ireland Licences who must contact their issuing authority direct.

Passport photograph

  • A recent passport sized photograph on photographic paper signed by you on the back and showing full face against a light background.
  • If both types of permit are required please include two photographs as well as two fees (8.50 per permit) with your application.
  • Note: No more than one permit or each type can be issued to an applicant.

Photocopy of your passport: A photocopy of the page(s) of your passport showing your photograph and identification details.

Self-addressed envelope: Self-addressed envelope C5 (229mm x 162mm) preferred but must be at least 160mm x 120mm. No stamps required. (do not send padded envelopes)

Your payment: Enclose the appropriate fee which is a minimum of 8.50 per permit statutory charge of 5.50 plus 3.00 postal application processing fee.

  • Postal Application Processing Fee: 3.00
  • Priority fee (for faster processing - within 5 days) : enclose an additional 4.00 priority fee and mark the envelope in which you send your application "PRIORITY IDP"
  • Optional plastic holder for the IDP: 1.00
  • UK Secure Post:
    • IDPs will normally be returned to UK addresses by standard first class mail.
    • If you want your permit(s) to be returned by secure, tracked next working day post (part of Scotland might take 2 working days) please enclose an additional 6.50. A signature will be required at the delivery address.
    • The use of this service, which is independent of Royal Mail, is optional.
  • BFPO : All mail to BFPO addresses will be returned by standard first class mail, even if the return address is located outside of the United Kingdom. No additional postage charges need be paid.
  • Overseas mail:
    • For all permits to be returned to an overseas address, an additional postage fee of 7.00 (or courier fee of 26.00) is payable.
    • A signature may be required for items returned to an address outside Europe, the USA and Canada.
  • Overseas courier:
    • Additional fee: 26.00 (Additional charges may be applicable)
    • For permits to be returned to an overseas address by courier it is mandatory that an overseas contact telephone number is provided on the form.

Payments may be in the following forms:

  • Cheques and postal orders - made payable to "Automobile Association".
  • Bank drafts and payment cards (credit/charge/debit) are not accepted for applications sent by post.

AA Folkestone[edit]

  • Completed application
  • Your UK driving licence (if photocard licence then both photocard and counterpart), OR
  • Your UK pass certificate (certificate of competence to drive, valid for two years from the date of your test), together with your provisional driving licence
  • A recent passport size photograph on photographic paper signed on the back by you and showing full face against a light background
  • Your passport

Post Office[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • You must produce one of the following ORIGINAL valid documents:
    • Your UK driving licence (if photocard licence then photocard and counterpart), or
    • Your UK pass certificate (certificate of competence to drive, valid for two years from the date of your test), together with your provisional driving licence.
  • Passport photograph: (photograph checklist can be found on the application)

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  • Holds a full UK driving licence (not provisional) covering the type of vehicle you're planning to drive abroad - be a permanent resident of the UK
  • Be 18 or over


  • You may not apply for an IDP with a foreign driving licence unless it's an EU driving licence and you're a resident in Great Britain.
  • You can only get an IDP 3 months in advance of needing it.


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Most countries require a 1949 Convention IDP, but there are countries where a 1926 Convention IDP is necessary.

  • The AA is authorised to issue both the 1926 and 1949 Convention IDPs to applicants 18 years and over who hold a valid UK driving licence, or can obtain such a licence on the basis of a valid pass certificate.
  • IDPs cannot be issued to a holder of a UK provisional driving licence without the test pass certificate and provisional driving licence.

An International Driving Permit is not the same as an International Driving Licence.

An International Driving Licence is not a legally recognised document and will not enable its holders to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Before you apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) you must first check the IDP requirements of your destination country.


  1. You may not submit applications more than three months in advance from the date of travel. An International Driving Permit can not be backdated under any circumstances.
  2. Persons going to a country to take up residence or employment, or for any reason other than tourism, should make enquiries about their personal position before relying on a permit.
  3. Do not forget to check the accuracy of the personal information printed on your driving licence. If there are any errors or you have a change of name or address, you should immediately notify the DVLA/DVLNI.
  4. When hiring a car overseas remember that driving licence requirements worldwide do vary. Therefore, if you are making an advanced reservation in the UK, ask the company concerned to confirm driving licence requirements of the country to be visited. In the absence of such information consider an IDP as a precautionary measure, especially if travelling outside Europe.

Required Information[edit]

  • Applicant's name
  • Date of birth
  • Address: (as shown on driving licence and to which the permit may be sent)
  • Postcode
  • Contact tel no (inc STD code)
  • Countries you are visiting
  • Date of Travel
  • UK driving licence driver no


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